Butterfly Survey 2007

Sixteen volunteers from the Horndean area are rotated on a weekly basis to 8 areas within Horndean/Cowplain (including Park Wood) to record butterflies identified by the transect method. These surveys monitor the levels of butterfly population in the areas and, in some cases, lead to suggestions to improve them to keep the butterfly population stable and thriving.

Although most of the areas have been surveyed for about five years, those for Park Wood only started in 2006, although an earlier one-off study was undertaken in the 1990s.

Results of all these surveys are sent to Butterfly Conservation (Lulworth) and Hampshire Wildlife Trust Butterfly Conservation.

The surveys during 2007 in Park Wood were carried out by volunteers from the Horndean area together with Maureen and David Nye from FoPW.

In 2007 15 species were recorded in Park Wood, the same number as the year earlier. The most common sightings were:

  • Speckled Wood (75)
  • Gatekeeper (30)
  • Meadow Brown (24)
  • Brimstone (19)

Other recorded were:

  • Essex Skipper
  • Grizzled Skipper
  • Large White
  • Small White
  • Small Copper
  • Common Blue
  • Chalkhill Blue
  • White Admiral
  • Peacock
  • Comma
  • Small Heath

Many thanks to John Nundy who organises all the volunteers and who provides all the information which forms the basis of this report.


 

Work Days

The July and August Work Days have been cancelled, so our next opportunity to work in Park Wood will be Sunday 28th September 2018, starting at 10 am.  All are welcome to come along and meet our friendly group and help keep the wood such a  delightful haven. Light refreshments and all tools provided, but please wear suitable footwear. 


News

AGM - 23rd May 2018

Over 30 people attended the AGM at which Inge Ridley-Jones was warmly thanked for having successfully concluded negotiations with the Woodland Trust which will enable us to continue working in Park Wood. She stood down from the Committee at the conclusion of the meeting, and we welcomed our new Chairman, Pete Hodges, whose first duty will be to sign the Third Party Agreement on our behalf and arrange further meetings with the WT Site Manager.

Become a Friend of...

Membership of The Friends of Park Wood is open to anyone interested in keeping this a safe and pleasant place to visit.

Download the membership form here


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