BUTTERFLY FIELD TRIP – Glenfeshie
Target Species: Dingy Skipper and Small Blue
Date: Either Sat 11 June or Sunday 12 June (weather dependant)
Meeting place: Follow the minor road on the west side of Glenfeshie towards Glenfeshie Lodge, past Uath Lochans and Ballintean. Three miles up the glen, just as you leave the forest and enter an area of fields, look for a track on the right at NH 8401 0004. There is parking space at this junction.
Description: Work parties in winter 2020 and autumn 2021 improved habitat for Dingy Skipper and Small Blue butterflies at two small disused quarries in Glenfeshie, one on the east side of the river and one on the west side. The work involved the clearance of regenerating trees and scrub, along with planting kidney vetch and bird’s-foot trefoil – caterpillar foodplants of Small Blue and Dingy Skipper respectively.
Today’s outing will visit both work sites, see how well the plants have taken and hopefully find butterflies taking advantage of them. Be warned however, it may take a few years for butterflies to find these sites and become established.
Whether the trip will be run on the Saturday or the Sunday will be decided nearer the time, dependent on the weather forecast. Please phone Pete a few days before-hand for the final decision (phone number below).
Approx duration: To lunchtime and beyond if the weather is good.
What’s needed: Packed lunch
Leader name: Pete Moore
Leader contact details: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 07866 578079 or 01479 872261
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