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Logie Quarry Work Party November 6th 2021

Tom Prescott and nine branch volunteers met up at this disused quarry to help two rare butterflies; the Small Blue and Dingy Skipper.  Both species are reliant on areas with short-vegetation and bare ground, where their sole caterpillar foodplants grow; Kidney Vetch and Bird’s-foot Trefoil, respectively. 

The butterflies had formerly been thriving in the long disused quarry on Balnagown Estate, where the foodplants flourished on the open, sandy and gravelly substrate. However, over the years, the establishment of tall grasses and scrub has steadily shaded out the two essential foodplants.  Without intervention both species would soon become extinct at the site. 

Therefore, branch volunteers removed invading scrub using handtools (tree-poppers) to increase the area of suitable butterfly habitat. It was hard work, and rain before lunch slightly dampened the spirits but it was mostly dry and there was even the odd burst of sunshine. By the end of the afternoon, everyone was pleased with how much had been achieved.

Before

Logie Quarry - before

Logie Quarry

Logie Quarry

The team hard at work

The team hard at work

The team

The team at Logie Quarry

After the work

How it looks after all that hard work

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