Category Archives: butterflies

John Underhill-Day, all-round naturalist

I pay tribute to my friend John Underhill-Day, an excellent all-round naturalist, who has died aged 74. Continue reading

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Bashing for butterflies

Common Wood: part 15 On a bright and sunny autumn day, 22 October, 13 volunteers met in the front field at Hillbridge Farm near Peter Tavy on Dartmoor.  Megan Lowe and Simon Phelps from Butterfly Conservation’s All the Moor Butterflies … Continue reading

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Better for butterflies

The Dartmoor Preservation Association conservation volunteers did great work improving Common Wood for butterflies. Continue reading

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Scalloping at Common Wood

Dartmoor Preservation Association conservation volunteers cleared vegetation for butterflies at Common Wood. Continue reading

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Like the Forth Bridge

The Dartmoor Preservation Association conservation volunteers spent a day at Common Wood bashing vegetation for butterflies. Continue reading

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Return to Challacombe Farm

The other day I called on Naomi Oakley at Challacombe Farm, near Postbridge on Dartmoor.  I had last visited 34 years ago when it was run by Peter and Min Cullum. Now their daughter Naomi is in charge with her partner Mark … Continue reading

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Butterfly bonanza!

Shortly after posting my blog, Butterfly surprise, I head from Jenny Plackett, South West Senior Regional Officer with Butterfly Conservation.   Jenny has overseen the volunteer work-parties on Common Wood and given us excellent advice for the last four years.  She … Continue reading

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