Adopting for butterflies
AN OPPORTUNITY TO improve the habitat for rare butterflies in Fenny Compton has been seized by the Warwickshire branch of the Butterfly Conservation Society, which has adopted a stretch of the Oxford Canal. And with the recent news that more than 75 percent of butterflies in the UK have declined in the past 40 years, it seems they need all the help they can get.
The group of enthusiasts is keen to increase the numbers of butterflies in the area such as the grizzled skipper (pictured) small blue and the dingy skipper. Set up in early August, the group have cut back over-grown vegetation to encourage butterfly-friendly plants to grow and create a ‘butterfly bund’ covered in colourful plants which offer egglaying opportunities. The volunteers also cleared litter and tidied up the vegetation along the towpath.
Mike Slater, a volunteer conservation officer with the group, said: “The stretch of canal in Fenny Compton is one which our group often visits as the habitat is a perfect home for a number of rare butterflies. We know that if we put the effort into improving their habitat, we’ll be able to see an increase in numbers while also making the area nicer for visitors to enjoy.”
Mike Slater ( left) with CRT’s John Higmore at Fenny Compton