Marsh Fritillary Appeal

We have recently launched our Marsh Fritillary Appeal and thank you for the stunning response. This beautiful but rare butterfly does well on a number of our nature reserves with the potential on a number of other reserves with careful management.

Marsh Fritillary by Mike Clark

Marsh Fritillary by Mike Clark

Hopefully you will have received a copy of the Marsh Fritillary Appeal in the post, if not there is a copy of the letter and donation slip to download below.

Please help us secure a safe future for these stunning butterflies. Thank you.

Marsh Fritillary Appeal Letter (1.05MB)

The marsh fritillary is one of Wales’s most beautiful and endangered butterfly species. Once a common sight in our countryside, its population has declined by over 60% in the last 70 years and is still declining today. South west Wales is one of its last remaining European strongholds. As the Wildlife Trust for South and West Wales (WTSWW), we must play a major role in securing the future of this iconic butterfly – and time is running out as its population declines.

We need to raise £15,000 to carry out vital work to protect the marsh fritillary. £5,000 has already been secured through grants from the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW). Can you help us raise the remaining £10,000?

Devil's bit scabious-rich marsh fritillary habitat

Devil’s bit scabious-rich marsh fritillary habitat by Rob Parry

The marsh fritillary depends on rare habitats such as wet meadow, rhos pasture and marshy grassland, which support the caterpillar’s only food plant: Devil’s bit scabious. The catastrophic decline in numbers is mainly due to the loss of these important wetland habitats, and the fragmentation of those that do remain. Unfortunately, the problem has been made worse by poor management of these habitats by some landowners. The marsh fritillary is a sensitive species and requires an extensive network of suitable habitats for survival.

Fortunately, there are populations of marsh fritillary on several WTSWW nature reserves, which we manage carefully to ensure that these populations can thrive and grow.

The continued loss and mis-management of habitat means that the sight of this iconic butterfly flittering through the landscape is but a distant memory in many places. However, with your support WTSWW can help reverse the marsh fritillary’s fortunes and create a landscape where the marsh fritillary and its habitats can thrive once more. Please give what you can.

Thank You

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