DVLP & OPAL Butterfly Survey
On Friday 28th August the DVLP and OPAL were out and about in the Dearne Valley conducting butterfly surveys with volunteers at two key sites.
The butterfly surveys were completed at Littleworth Park, which was previously Monk Bretton Colliery and Phoenix Park, which was previously Hickleton Main Colliery. These sites were specifically chosen as survey sites as they are both examples of former colliery sites but which now have the potential to support biodiversity.
Despite some difficult weather conditions we were really pleased to be able to record a total of 33 butterflies at Littleworth and 15 at Phoenix park, with a good range of different species identified. Across the two sites these included recordings of:
- Large White
- Small White
- Common Blue
- Speckled Wood
- Meadow Brown
- Wood White
The records we obtain from carrying out environmental surveys like our butterfly survey contribute towards our knowledge and understanding of sites. This also fills gaps in ecological data, all of which enables more sympathetic management.
Whilst environmental surveys are very much a seasonal activity and at the mercy of weather conditions, we will be conducting further surveys which you could get involved with.
Keep a look out as we will be publishing our regular monthly surveys (weather dependant) and we would like as many people as possible to get involved.
In the meantime, you can visit our website to read the full report on our last butterfly survey.