Small Blue butterfly project

The Small Blue is the UK's smallest resident butterfly and was once found extensively along the aberdeenshire  coast . It has suffered a dramatic decline over the last few years and has not been recorded in some areas of the North East for a number of years.

In 2013, in conjunction with Butterfly Conservation, we set up the first phase of a project to examine the decline across the region of this charismatic butterfly. Following a training day and site visit to a known colony of Small Blue in June, volunteers undertook surveys at sites where with historic records of the species.

We hope to run training and survey events over the next couple of years to continue to monitor known sites and identify habitat issues where the Small Blue is no longer present.

The longterm aspiration of the project is to carry out habitat management for established sites and seek to carry out re-introductions, where appropriate.

For more information on the Small Blue, see http://butterfly-conservation.org/files/1.small-blue-psf.pdf

 

Volunteers on our first training event in June 2013

Volunteers on our first training event in June 2013

 

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