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Butterfly Conservation

Volunteering opportunities with Butterfly Conservation in Carmarthenshire typically include:

  • Habitat management, particularly of marshy grassland and blackthorn thickets - autumn and winter
  • Butterfly recording - spring and summer
  • Butterfly larva counting - late summer/autumn
  • Searching blackthorn for eggs of Brown Hairstreaks, including group farm surveys - autumn/winter
  • Moth trapping and recording - all year

All of these are supported by training for those new to each type of activity and hold the promise of fun, company, fresh air, exercise and a good laugh, as well as doing something really valuable and a bit different. The most "sociable" are probably our weekly group brown hairstreak egg survey visits to farms, usually from November through to March. There are however opportunities in the latter four areas for independent working, once guidance made available.

Brown Hairstreak Volunteers. The volunteer group meets regularly throughout the winter and occasionally during the summer to survey for the rare brown hairstreak butterfly. Carmarthenshire is an important county for this species and volunteers help Butterfly Conservation by helping out with egg searches and habitat management.

Richard Smith: / 07977811404


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