CocaCola problem at Broadcroft

Two people, dressed for the cold, surveying a pile of coke cans on some grass
Ian and Georgie contemplating some of the cans found. Photo: Nigel Spring.

One of our regular visitors to Broadcroft Quarry Butterfly Reserve must have shares in the CocaCola Company – and no teeth left! This pile of cans was unearthed from the gorse bushes on our reserve during our workparty in November and this was only a fraction of the total haul which was taken to the recycling centre.

We spend several days each year cutting rank grass and scrub regrowth on the reserve, using volunteers and contractors, to enhance the habitat for butterflies, moths and other species. We would very much prefer to direct all our energies towards our habitat management work rather than clearing up other people’s rubbish!

One of the species we work to help is the Silver-studded Blue – a beautiful small butterfly which is on the wing in June and July. At this time of year it is just an egg, waiting for summer.

Blue butterfly with black wing edges and white fringes with its wings full open

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: John Woodruff.

We are next meeting at Broadcroft on Friday 8 February with the Dorset Mid-week Volunteers group and would be pleased to welcome anyone who can spare the time to help us for all or part of the day. Hopefully we won’t find any more cans! See the branch events page for further information

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