Our latest issue of Wood Wise focuses on woodland management for sun-loving butterflies. The case studies look at a number of butterflies of conservation concern, such as the pearl-bordered fritillary and Duke of Burgundy, and a range of management techniques, including coppicing and landscape scale conservation.
Woodland offers a complexity of structure that supports a wide variety of species, perhaps more than any other terrestrial habitat in the UK. Butterflies are among the most iconic of these, yet many have suffered severe declines in recent times. This has been linked to a drop off in the use of woods and trees by humans.
A number of organisations are working hard to support woodland butterfly populations, including Butterfly Conservation and the Woodland Trust. They have developed monitoring and management approaches that are showing success – find out more.
To read current and past issues of Wood Wise follow this link. If you would like a pdf version or would like to be added to the subscription list please email your request to Conservation@woodlandtrust.org.uk
Kay Haw, Conservation Team