Rare butterfly sightings are flying thanks to Mick George Ltd funding
Hardwick and Sywell Wood located close to Wellingborough, Northamptonshire has responded magnificently to work carried out on the woodland to restore its flower-rich clearings enabling a habitat supportive of rare species of butterflies such as the Wood White.
Following a £20,000 investment from Mick George Ltd, the development which consisted of 1.5km of ride clearance, reinstating and seeding of the adjacent ditches as well as improvements to the main tracks has substantially increased sightings of the endangered species.
Since the project completion one year ago, the woods managed by the Forestry Commission have evidenced major transformation, with an abundance of beautiful flora and sightings of the Wood White butterfly increasing from 3 to 42 viewings along both rides, as well as over 100 at Sywell Wood during 2014 – 2015.
Sharon Hearle, Senior Regional Officer at Butterfly Conservation: ‘’Northamptonshire is a national stronghold for the Wood White Butterfly which has suffered significant decline. The Mick George grant enabled Butterfly Conservation to undertake woodland ride clearance to allow the Wood White Butterfly to thrive in two woodlands.’’
The Wood White is one of the UK’s fastest declining species and is now found on less than 50 sites across the UK with the most recent data revealing a contraction in both the range and number, so this is a major breakthrough that all involved with the project should be pleased about.
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd: ‘’Over the years we have supported a number of conservation developments working alongside some fantastic charities such as the RSPB and Woodland Trust, and it has been no different on this occasion with the Butterfly Conservation group.’’
Stump continued: ‘’The results have been fantastic, it’s always nice when we can tangibly see the results from our investment and even more so when it is something that can be enjoyed by so many of the local community.’’