Skipper Brown Argus Purple Hairstreak Small Heath Small Copper

Our hedges have been sensitively managed for all manner of butterfly, but in particular, Brown Hairstreak butterflies which have been found on a number of hedges across the farm. With 322 eggs being found over the 2012/2013 winter period. Mark Fletcher of The Butterfly Conservation, has spent innumerable, often cold and wet, days, tirelessly photographing and recording their exact location.  His expert eye, and comprehensive knowledge of butterflies, continues to provide an invaluable record of all of our butterfly species and how they are affected by the management of the farm, the seasons and the microclimate.

We have 17km of carefully managed grass borders around our fields, providing essential habitats for ground nesting birds, small mammals, our native wildflowers, butterflies and bees. 3 Hectares (7.4 Acres) of various bespoke wild bird mixes, for our overwintering feathered friends, Beetlebanks, several wildlife ponds and 8 Hectares (20.4 Acres) of species rich grassland, while our woodland provides a perfect habitat for the Silver Washed fritillary, Purple Hairstreak, Speckled Wood and Gatekeeper butterflies.

Mark's continuing hard work can be seen buy purchasing one of his wonderful calenders, to do so, contact us

To view our Lepidoptera report for Summer 2013 click here

    Butterflies at Downhead
  • Small Skipper
  • Essex Skipper
  • Large Skipper
  • Clouded Yellow
  • Brimstone
  • Large White
  • Small White
  • Green-veined White
  • Orange Tip
  • Purple Hairstreak
  • Brown Hairstreak
  • Small Copper
  • Brown Argus
  • Common Blue
  • Holly Blue
  • Red Admiral
  • Painted Lady
  • Small Tortoiseshell
  • Peacock
  • Comma
  • Silver-washed Fritillary
  • Speckled Wood
  • Wall
  • Marbled White
  • Gatekeeper
  • Meadow Brown
  • Small Heath
  • Ringlet