Silver studs

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Friday 18 June 2010 17:43

I attended a workshop organised by Butterfly Conservation on Silver-studded Blue management that we hosted at Iping & Stedham today. It was interesting to discuss the relative merits of cutting, scraping and seasonal burning. Early successional habitat not only benefits the blues but also other rare and scarce warmth loving invertebrates. There were many small colonies around the site and several very active ones with many butterflies. Hopefully, other sites where the blue is not doing so well benefit from this management.

Records were few and far between but we did see Green Tiger Beetle, Grass Wave and yet another Red Kite.

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