Stroud Valleys Project volunteers attempt to save rare butterfly species
12:02pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
VOLUNTEERS from the environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project have been proving their super fly guys when it comes to conservation work.
Members of SVP recently teamed up with the Butterfly Conservation Trust to plant 500 cowslips on Painswick Beacon in a bid to save the rare Duke of Burgundy butterflies which inhabit the area.
The volunteers spent a whole day planting the cowslips in clumps so the leaves overlapped, giving female butterflies the best possible chance of successfully laying their eggs.
SVP project officer Katherine Hallewell said: “Cowslips are the favourite food of the Duke of Burgundy caterpillars which used to thrive on Painswick Beacon.
"Sadly, they have been in decline and are now rare, so along with the national Butterfly Conservation charity and the Painswick Beacon group we have been out planting cowslips to encourage egg-laying next spring.”
This year marks SVP’s 25th anniversary and to commemorate the milestone the charity is concentrating on projects involving wildflowers.
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