For those close to the Berkshire border, it’s likely you have visited the delightful Seven Barrows at some point. The Site of Special Scientific Interest at Upper Lambourn is 9 acres of chalk grassland with rich flora and fauna. It’s also a haven for butterflies, including small blue, brown argus, chalkhill blue, dark green fritillary and the rare marsh fritillary.
And the Upper Thames Branch of the Butterfly Conservation is offering a free guided tour for locals to enjoy some of the beautiful butterflies on Sunday 28th May 2023.
Where: Lambourn, Hungerford RG17 8UH
When: Sunday 28th May 2023 10:30am-1:00pm
Butterfly Conservation is the UK charity that works to create a world where butterflies and moths thrive and can be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere.
Upper Thames volunteer Peter Philp would love to help you enjoy a local wildlife site and some of its wonderful butterfly species. On the tour he will help you get good views of butterflies and day-flying moths; and help you to identify the different species. He will also tell you a little about their life cycles, how well they are doing and what we can do to ensure that they survive and thrive.
The Seven Barrows BBOWT nature reserve provides a tranquil haven for a rich diversity of wild flowers and animals. It is also a Nationally important archaeological site, important for its eponymous ‘barrows’.
One of the keys species at Seven Barrows is the Small Blue. Our smallest resident butterfly species, it is easily overlooked; not just because of its size, but because it is often confined to sheltered areas where kidney vetch is abundant. It has declined by over 40% since the 1970s. Do you know what it looks like? When it is on the wing? What its food plant is?
Local enthusiast, Gillian, says “You can search a whole site for this tiny gem before discovering it in one small, isolated area. When you do see it, it often appears much more dark and dusky than expected.”
The walk is free-of-charge and open to all, however, please do book, so they are not over-run and so that everyone can enjoy the experience.
Walking and hiking in nature has great health benefits, as does immersing ourselves in a appreciation of our local wildlife and their vital part of our delicate ecosystem. Don’t miss this opportunity to do both with the wonderful and dedicated Butterfly Conservation team.