By James Mason
Just on the wing now for spring time, this newly emerged Pearl-Bordered Fritillary was soaking up the sunshine on St Georges Day at Yarner Woods National Nature Reserve. If You are out and about in the nearby Bovey Valley Woods or over at Fingle Woods keep your eyes peeled and let us know if You see one. These once common butterflies like open woodland edges and rides, and can be see fluttering around spring flowers like Bugle or Primroses seeking nectar. Today seeing them is a rare treat. They lay their eggs on violets in warm sheltered places so its worth a good look in those areas. When we restore Ancient Woodlands by gradually thinning them, we can encourage these important plants to spread, helping these super creatures have new areas to colonise in the future.