Attracting blue butterflies to the allotments

I find it very hard to love a Cabbage White butterfly but there are many others I enjoy seeing on my allotment. Among my favourites are the four blue butterfly species which are to be found on the ancient chalk grasslands of the Whitehawk Hill Local Nature Reserve along the boundary of our allotment site. These are the Common Blue, Adonis Blue, Chalkhill Blue and the Small Blue, which is Britain’s smallest butterfly and has the delightful scientific name of Cupidus minimus.

A good turn-out and interesting discussions at our 2021 AGM

On Sunday 1st August, the committee members of the Craven Vale and Whitehawk Hill Allotments Society, together with several other plot holders, met at The Hub for the Society’s Annual General Meeting 2021. Because it had not been possible to have an AGM in 2020, due to the pandemic, there was a lot to catch up on!

A new visitor to our site: The Swallowtail Butterfly

In autumn 2020, two plot holders reported discovering some amazing looking caterpillars happily munching away on plants on their plots. After a bit of research, it turned out that these caterpillars were in fact those of the Swallowtail Butterfly – one of our rarest and most spectacular butterflies, normally only found around the Norfolk Broads and in mainland Europe.