Butterflies & Moths

Many butterflies and moths - the Lepidoptera - are found in woods and forests although not so common as they were. Some species only live in woodland; others use adjacent fields too. Some caterpillars depend on very specific ground plants or trees for their food. Many of the rarer species can only survive in a very special set of conditions.

Foresters and woodland owners are now conscious of the needs of these insects and take them into account wherever possible in managing the trees and the ground flora. Ride management is crucial for butterfly conservation.

Special grants may be available for woodland management such as coppicing favouring rare butterflies.

More: The Butterfly Conservation Society