One of the nationwide schemes for seeing how butterflies are doing is the “Wider Countryside Scheme” (WCS). We need volunteers to walk the following areasand the commitment is not too onerous: you are only asked to do one walk in each of July and August, though another earlier in the year would be good for catching different species.
- Hooke (NE of Bridport)
- Oborne (near Sherborne)
- Winterborne Houghton (near Blandford)
- Twyford (near Shaftesbury)
- Guy’s Marsh (near Shaftesbury)
- Sixpenny Handley (North East Dorset)
- Corfe Mullen
- Canford Heath (Poole)
The walks are along designated routes of approximately 2km in total.
The point of the WCS is to assess how butterflies are doing in ‘normal’ areas as opposed to the butterfly hotspots. We can look after various species in Reserves, but it is only by the wider countryside being more sympathetically managed for wildlife that we will ensure the survival of the flora and fauna of our beautiful countryside.