07 September 2014

Marsh Fritillary request

Karen Wilkinson wrote:

'George Tordoff from Butterfly Conservation and staff from Natural Resources Wales have, over the last few years, being trying to get a better understanding of the extent and distribution of Marsh Fritillaries across Gower's inland commons. This is quite a challenge as some of these sites are pretty big! We are aiming to identify key areas which can then be monitored annually. This year appears to be a good year for Marsh Fritillaries on Gower and so far this autumn we have recorded almost 400 larval webs, distributed across Welshmoor, Fairwood and Pengwern Commons with a further 140 on other non-notified commonland. These counts are higher than previous years and we have identified additional areas which are supporting large numbers of webs.

We often notice when we are out surveying that we are 'following in other people's footsteps' and it seems highly likely that others are also looking for webs in certain parts of these sites. If it is you we would love to hear from you and find out what you are seeing. We'd happily compare records! I can be contacted at the following e-mail address karen.wilkinson@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk '

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