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 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.

30 Days Wild

30 Days Wild is The Wildlife Trusts’ annual nature challenge where they ask the nation to do one ‘wild’ thing a day, every day throughout June.

Random Acts of Wildness can be anything you like – litter-picking, birdwatching, puddle-splashing, you name it! But to help you on your way, The Wildlife Trusts will also provide you with a FREE postal or digital pack of goodies to inspire your wild month – including an activity passport and a wallchart to track your progress.

A welcome spring visitor – The Red Tailed Mining Bee

We are very lucky on our allotment site that we are part of the Whitehawk Hill Local Nature Reserve with its chalk grassland species of plants and insects. This means we can help protect some of these special creatures, including numerous bee species, by providing good habitat to support those living on the rest of the Local Nature Reserve.