Clearing the way for rare moths
MAKING certain the unique habitat at Downs Bank, Chilham is maintained for rare moths, butterflies and plants is the task of a team of volunteers from the Kentish Stour Countryside Project.
The chalk downland site of special scientific interest has been managed by them since the mid-90s.
Last year with financial support from Butterfly Conservation, fencing on the site was improved.
At the end of each summer live- stock is used to graze the site and a small amount of scrub clearance takes place each winter to maintain the chalk grassland.
Work has also been completed by volunteers in partnership with the Kent Wildlife Trust on cutting a corridor through woodland at the top of the site to create a flight path to another Kent Wildlife Trust site at Broadham Down.
Following this, the black veined moth was seen at Broadham Down for the first time in many years. This moth only exists in five localities in the Britain and all are in the Stour Valley.
Matt Hayes from Kentish Stour said: “This is a beautiful site and one of the volunteers’ favorites. It has great views and can be reached by following the Stour Valley Walk link route from Chilham Railway Station”.
Volunteer tasks are carried out every Wednesday and Thursday and on occasional weekends.
Anyone interested in joining them should contact 01233 813307 or e-mail email@example.com