MOTHS AND BUTTERFLIES
There are 2,500 species of moth and butterfly in the UK, and the Meadow is home to at least 1% of them.
Thanks to the Bourne Conservation Group’s survey, we know that we have at least 27 species of moth and 18 species of butterfly fluttering above the Meadow. Among the moths is the Kent Black Arches, a rarity seldom recorded in Surrey.
Click the butterfly icon for a printable pdf file which you can take out to the meadow with you. Perhaps you might see a new species and let us know?
Is it a moth or a butterfly? – what to look for:
In general terms, moths have larger heat retaining scales on their dusty wings as well as having fatter, hairier bodies to protect them in the cooler night air, and to deflect the radar of marauding bats. Butterflies are svelter, being day time dancers, and are able to absorb more sunshine.
To read more about moths please click HERE
In the past, the Meadow would have supported an abundant population of wildflowers and grasses and a richer diversity of plant life. This would have increased the number and types of moth and butterfly on the land.
The end of regular cattle grazing, the lack of regular subtle human interventions and the consequent spread of coarser grasses has substantially reduced the selection of wildflowers and other feed plants of moths and butterflies.
The land management plan of the Bishop’s Meadow Trust actively seeks to encourage wildflowers; to improve Meadow edges and increase the variety of hedge plants and flowers to provide anchor holds for passing foragers and browsers.
Would you like to see more on the meadow?