Clear­ing the way for rare moths

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - COUNTRYFILE -

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 ken­tish­s­tour@kent.gov.uk

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