This rare and attractive butterfly was once common on the Malvern Hills but disappeared at the end of the twentieth century. West Midlands Butterfly Conservation plans to reintroduce this butterfly on three local sites with improved habitat management. This involves three different landowners and many volunteers from the local community assisted by expert advice from Butterfly Conservation. Funding is needed to survey sites, modify habitat management and support a local breeding programme. Already, volunteers are growing hundreds of dog violets to feed the caterpillars that hibernate over winter and re-emerge the following spring ready to pupate and turn into adult butterflies that are transferred onto our local sites. "If we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world's ecosystems would collapse” David Attenborough, President of Butterfly Conservation
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Butterfly Conservation is a national charity dedicated to the conservation of butterflies and moths which are important indicators of the health of our environment. The West Midlands branch has devised this project because we want to contribute to the UK’s ‘nature recovery’ in our local area; an area of outstanding natural beauty and biodiversity importance and cherished by many. Increasing numbers of volunteers want to help with this project. Visitors and the local community can benefit because "Spending time with nature offers us all precious breathing space away from the stresses and strains of modern life, it enables us to experience joy and wonder, to slow down and to appreciate the wildlife that lives side-by-side with us.” David Attenborough Guided walks will provide a much greater understanding of the life cycle of this protected species, its habitat requirements and the benefits it brings to the environment.
Steps to get it done:
There will be some flexibility within the project timetable; the timing / scheduling of activities may be subject to change, though all activities will be accomplished by the end of 2025.
About the space
The South Malvern Hills is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is part of the 14km spine that runs north-south and straddles the Worcestershire and Herefordshire border with 22 individual summits - between Worcestershire Beacon 425m in the north and Chase End Hill 191m in the south. The high hills are
Worcestershire County Council
This is an opportunity to learn more and ask questions about the reintroduction of PBF on to the Malverns. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join me to visit the receptor sites on one or both on the following dates: 11:00-Thu-01-July: Chase End Hill Car Park – also Eastnor if time allows 11:00-Sat-03-July: Swinyard Hill Car park to visit Eastnor & Swinyard Hill
West Midlands Butterfly Conservation is planning to reintroduce an endangered butterfly called Pearl-bordered Fritillary on to the Malvern Hills 25 years after it became locally extinct. Landowners on three different sites are supporting this project by modifying their habitat management to increase biodiversity and improve the local environment. All sites are open to the public and guided walks are planned to help the local community understand much more about the behaviour of this rare species and how the habitat is managed to ensure it stays in the long term. Mel Mason, Vice-chair of WMBC explains, “This challenging project is an important milestone in reversing the decline of local wildlife species over recent decades. Already, volunteers are growing hundreds of dog violets to feed the caterpillars in our captive breeding programme ready to release on to selected sites. This is one of our most attractive spring butterflies seen as early as April and May. However, funding is needed to survey sites and support a local breeding programme over the next four years. We have raised £9,876 in pledges from the local community, but we need to reach our target of £13,526 to secure these pledges before the end of July.” To find out more about this exciting project and how you can help bring back the second most at risk butterfly species in the UK go to: www.spacehive.com/malvern-hills-lost-fritillaries-project