London Wildlife Trust, the Natural History Museum and Butterfly Conservation are working together to create and restore parts of south Croydon into chalk grassland ‘Living Landscapes’ that will come alive with butterflies, insects and wildflowers.
We’ll be working with local residents to make new homes for butterflies and insects by creating over 40 areas of chalk grassland, the habitat they thrive in, in south Croydon and Bromley across nature reserves, road verges, housing estates, parks and more. We’ll be using ground-breaking environmental DNA survey technology along the way to find out more about these creatures in order to secure their conservation in the future.
Funded by a Dream Fund Award, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Brilliant Butterflies will create new havens across sites in south Croydon providing picturesque and tranquil areas for residents and visitors to relax in the warmer months in amongst the butterflies.
Why do butterflies need our help?
Many butterflies and insects are in serious trouble and the State of the UK’s Butterflies 2015 report evidenced that 76% of species have declined over the last 40 years. Research by Butterfly Conservation, the University of Kent and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) has since found that this decline is worse in urban than rural areas.
Butterflies are highly sensitive indicators of the health of the environment and play crucial roles in the food chain as well as being pollinators of plants
How will Brilliant Butterflies help?
As well as providing vital homes for butterflies and insects, Brilliant Butterflies will capture vital monitoring data to help make a case for the future protection of the specialist sites, which are located in an increasingly vulnerable part of London’s Green Belt (a protected area of green land around London and the home counties). This may include higher levels of protection, better protection from future development, and a better understanding of their role in sustaining London’s insect populations.
Get in touch
For general enquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7261 0447 and ask for a member of the Brilliant Butterflies team.