Brilliant Butterflies Update

12th December 2023, by William Blessant

The three scrapes on the bottom path, along with a soil inversion bed next to the playground in Higher Drive Rec were created three years ago. They are maturing well, with the scrapes producing a spectacular display of Cowslips in the spring and the inversion bed acting as a magnet for bumblebees and other insects. In 2022 a Brown Argus butterfly was seen on one of the scrapes, the first time that this species has been recorded on the Reserve. There are a plethora of self-sown Kidney Vetch plants on two of the scrapes, and these should flower abundantly next spring. It is hoped that they will attract the rare Small Blue butterfly, which is found on several local nature reserves, Kidney Vetch being the sole the food plant of its caterpillar.

Brown Argus

The Friends of Foxley are a group of volunteers who manage Foxley Wood in Kenley, Surrey.