Category Archives: Publicity

Branch Stall publicity triumph

The Dorset Branch education stall has recently spent four days at Moors Valley Country Park, for their ‘Butterfly, Moth and Minibeast Festival”.

More than 1200 people attended, mostly families. The star attractions were living examples including Orange Tip eggs, caterpillars and chrysalis. December moth caterpillars, all hairy and camouflaged against hawthorn twigs, were admired. Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars, chrysalis and an emerging adult came from Moors Valley. A selection of moths were on show, all described by the 10 expert volunteers.

The Buttterfly Conservation’s national Munching Caterpillars initiative also joined us, with Catherine Mason keeping young people busy potting plants to take home.

On the next weekend Winterborne Whitechurch Farm Open Day saw the stall have another 200 plus visitors looking at Poplar Hawk moths and their caterpillars, plus red, white and black Knot Grass caterpillars.

Knot Grass Caterpillar

Knot Grass Caterpillar. Photo: Lyn Pullen

Most amazing was an Orange tip caterpillar changing into a chrysalis as we watched. Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars were also making this wonderful change.

This farm has been surveyed by Butterfly Conservation volunteers and has 31 species of butterfly on its ‘managed for conservation’ areas. Eighty moths have also been seen on the farm, and our display included Privet Hawk Moth, Lobster Moth and the stunning Green silver lines. Our picture displays showed the link between food production and conservation.

You too can volunteer for stall help, it is wonderful to look up and see 4 pairs of eyes riveted on you!

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Dorset gardening for butterflies blog launched

Dorset Branch Committee member Lyn Pullen has started a blog, about gardening for butterflies, moths and other wildlife in her garden. Lyn says:

“For those of you not yet used to blogs, this is basically like a series of short articles about what’s going on in my garden, thoughts about wildlife and gardening and some photos of flowers, butterflies etc. It will be added to regularly, so there is always new stuff to see. I hope it will be entertaining and mildly educational – just click on the link below (or in the gardening page of this website) and you will be taken to it, so you can judge for yourself. You can comment on any of the articles you read, and it would be really nice if you did so, enabling me to learn from you (and it reassures me it is being read!)”

We’re on Twitter!

The Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation is now on Twitter – find us at @bc_dorset or click the link at the foot of the pages on the website. As of 9 February, we’ve got 31 followers, so please follow us if you can, to increase this number. We’ll be putting reminders of events out on Twitter, plus whatever else comes to mind.