Butterfly Conservation, Wychavon Council and local residents are combining forces on Saturday, 16th February to plant 140 blackthorn bushes to benefit one of Worcestershire’s rarest butterflies.  The Community Planting Day in Bourne Close Green Space, Flyford Flavell which starts at 10 am has been organised by Butterfly Conservation’s West Midlands branch with blackthorn plants supplied by Wychavon Council.  Planting will take place around the edge of the site to provide new habitat for the rare Brown Hairstreak butterfly which is found nearby. The Brown Hairstreak is one of the UK’s fastest declining butterflies and occurs nowhere else in the Midlands.  It is a butterfly principally of farmland and is seriously affected by annual flailing of local hedgerows which destroys most of the butterfly’s eggs. Planting of blackthorn at Bourne Close will offer a new and safe haven for the butterfly and help to secure its future in the local area.


Mike Williams, Brown Hairstreak Species Champion for West Midlands Butterfly Conservation said “the work follows a survey of all of Wychavon’s green space undertaken by Butterfly Conservation volunteers last year and the site at Bourne Close was identified as having the most potential for the butterfly.  It is close to Grafton Wood, a nature reserve managed by Butterfly Conservation and the Wildlife Trust which supports a healthy breeding population”


Alex Morris, Monitoring Assistant at Wychavon Council said “we are delighted to be able to support this community project and hope that local residents will want to get involved.  Most of Worcestershire’s Brown Hairstreaks are found in Wychavon district and it is one of our most important and attractive butterflies”


Mike Williams continued “we are really looking forward to the planting day and residents will be welcome to stay for as long as they like. We have a large number of blackthorn bushes to plant and will need lots of help. Plenty of tools and gloves are available although if people can bring along an extra spade that would be helpful.  Refreshments will be provided.”




For further information contact Mike Williams on 07802 274552 or email:


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