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Thursday 14th June 2018, 10.30am-2.30pm

Monkwood, Worcester

You're being asked to help count one of the rarest butterflies in the UK at its only home in Worcestershire.

The Wood White was recently reintroduced to Monkwood near Worcester, after disappearing from the county in 2008 - but this is your chance to see one!

Everyone is to meet in the small car park at grid reference SO803603, nearest post code: WR2 6NX. (On north side of road, track leads to small car park).

The Wood White is found at just 50 sites across the UK and is the smallest of our white butterflies, with an average wingspan of just 44mm.

The butterfly can be seen at Monkwood (which is jointly owned by BC and the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust) from the end of May to early June. In warm years, a partial second brood can emerge around the end of July or the first week of August.

Wood White ButterflyBC’s Wood White Project Officer, Rhona Goddard, said: “This guided butterfly walk and survey day will give us a chance to monitor the Wood White’s progress in Worcestershire.

“We’re hopeful this could be their best year yet, as a few weeks ago around 100 butterflies were seen in just one day, compared to about 20 butterflies at the same location the year before.

“We'll be looking for butterfly eggs today too. Once we have completed all our summer surveys, we’ll be able to see if the reintroduction was a success or not and if the population has become established at Monkwood.”

For more information about getting to Monkwood, the event, or the Wood White project, contact Rhona Goddard on 07903 038261 or email rgoddard@butterfly-conservation.org