Butterfly Conservation runs a number of major, long-term projects nationally designed to maintain or restore populations of rare species. The approach varies with the need but they all have several features in common -
- they are based on sound knowledge of the requirements of the target species,
- they are run by full-time professional staff,
- they operate over large areas of land,
- they involve other conservation organisations and landowners, and
- their results are carefully monitored.
It goes without saying that such project are expensive and raising the funds to commence and maintain them is a major task in itself.
We are fortunate to have two such projects in Somerset - All the Moor Butterflies and the Large Blue Project; see the drop-down pages.
Butterfly Conservation has also run an education project aimed at primary schools and families in Dorset and Somerset - the Munching Caterpillar project. The trial has now come to an end and following evaluation of its success, the Branch has committed £16,000 over two years towards developing it in inner city primary schools in Bristol. We will add more information on this as we progress.