A new publication celebrates the diversity of butterflies & moths around the Malverns.
The book “Butterflies & Day-flying Moths Around the Malverns” is now available, coinciding with the 40th Anniversary Celebrations of West Midland Butterfly Conservation.
Designed to report on and celebrate the diversity of butterflies and day-flying moths around the Malverns, it is compiled from the records and photos of a large and increasing number of local recorders. Alongside species reports of all the indigenous butterflies and many moths, there are articles from local recorders on related topics of interest, including how to attract butterflies and insects into our gardens, and the five best butterfly walks on the Malvern Hills.
Mel Mason from West Midlands Butterfly Conservation who edited the book said, “Butterflies are one of the key indicators of the health of our environment. Fortunately, the Malvern Hills, commons and meadows are a haven for over thirty different species of butterfly and many more moths, including the Grayling, the rarest butterfly in Worcestershire. However, this is only possible due to a growing community of volunteers, including West Midlands Butterfly Conservation, who work very hard to maintain the necessary habitats for our wildlife, and the careful management of the region by Malvern Hills Trust and the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust”.
In addition to this publication there are many activities organised this year to celebrate the 40th anniversary and involve the local community. In spring we are hosting a “Live Well” event at the Malvern Spring Show 9-12th May and look forward to meeting many visitors. In summer we are leading ten butterfly walks around the hills and commons, and opening the garden of a local recorder who boasts more than twenty different butterfly species in his town garden.
For a copy of the new publication 80 pages, £5.00, please visit Malvern Hills Trust Offices, Manor House, Grange Road, Malvern WR14 3EY. For more information on any of the activities please contact Mel Mason at firstname.lastname@example.org.