Sunday 20th October 2019, 10:00am-3:00pm

Contact

  • David Hill
  • dhill@butterfly-conservation.org or 01786 459813

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The Beautiful Snout moth was first discovered in Scotland in 2013 at Dun Dubh Wood near Loch Ard, Aberfoyle by a passing visitor. It has now been found at two other sites nearby. The wood is an old oak wood with a long-established undergrowth of Blaeberry/Bilberry, the moth’s larval food plant. The sheltered ancient Blaeberry is considered a crucial requirement in the moth’s ecology. The Blaeberry undergrowth is being crowded out by rhododendrons and conifers which need to be removed. Southwest Scotland branch volunteers have steadily been working to remove these invasive species over the last few winters, but there is still much to do. The cut rhododendrons and conifers will be burnt on site.

Wellies (or stout working boots) together with warm waterproof clothing are needed and a packed lunch and drink if you require. Cake and biscuits will be provided!

Meet at the far end of public car park at Aberfoyle at 10.00am, but please contact David Hill at dhill@butterfly-conservation.org or on 01786 459813 to book on. Transport to Aberfoyle may be available from Stirling and potentially elsewhere – please ask if required.