May 13 2019

Exciting finds at Langley Vale Wood

We have a number of fantastic wildlife monitor volunteers in the SE and there are many groups who are busily using their expertise to record the species found throughout the region. This important data collection supports our knowledge of the difference made by the work carried out at our sites. This time, we are pleased to be able to share an update from Keith Lelliot, who is a lead volunteer in the Butterfly Monitoring group at Langley Vale in Surrey…


Following his visit in late April, Keith says: “We had a lovely afternoon walking the transect, made extra special by seeing Green Hairstreaks for the first time at LVW.  These are the only green winged butterflies in UK and inconspicuous due to being small and typically perched on a green shrub, only moving if disturbed by another butterfly.


We saw 101 butterflies and 9 species, the most common again being Brimstones with a good number of Orange Tips and Peacocks. New butterflies for the 2019 season were Holly Blue and Green Hairstreak. Year to date, we have nine species: Brimstone, Small White, Orange Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma and Speckled Wood.

For those interested in birds we also spotted a whitethroat, a wheatear and 2 lapwings (one of which was apparently sitting in a nest). The bluebells in Great Hurst Wood are also spectacular at the moment.”


Thanks so much to all involved in these vital activities. It is always such a pleasure to hear that conservation efforts are really having an impact. Please do let us know if you have other exciting finds to report by contacting Anna Claxton, Volunteer Development Officer (SE) –


Words and picture: Keith Lelliot

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