Butterfly Surveys in Ceredigion

Marsh Fritillary Butterfly

Marsh Fritillary Butterfly

Marsh Fritillary Larval

Marsh Fritillary Larval

The Wildlife Trust team in Ceredigion have been busy over the past month surveying Marsh Fritillaries on our nature reserves. Em Foot, our Wildlife Trust Office for Ceredigion has given us an update on the tasks of the month...

An update from Ceredigion

The year marches on…

Surveying

We continued with our Marsh Fritillary larval web surveys on our rhos pastures this month. We found an amazing 818 webs on our Rhos Glyn yr Helyg transects!! A new record for the reserve! We also found 14 webs on Rhos Fullbrook, 1 on Rhos Pil Bach (this was great news after many years of not finding any) and 2 were found on Rhos Marion where the scabious was looking fabulous (as reported by Geoff, the reserve warden). So a good year!

Maintenance

We discovered a broken fence and fallen branches at Rhos Pil Bach while we were surveying so we mended them to prevent the cattle that graze the reserve escaping.

We’ve started our autumn/winter work now too! (Reflecting the weather for much of the month!) We’ve cut the glade at Coed Penglanowen: an annual task, and the entrance track at Rhos Marion, clearing fallen branches as we went along.

We’ll be continuing with similar jobs in the next few months.

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The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales are very grateful to the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery who have made all this work possible.
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