Mark Fletcher, our Butterfly recorder, has found an incredible 366 Brown Hairstreak eggs to date on the farm (as well as 6 hatched/damaged) 39, Blue-bordered Carpet moth eggs and 18 Purple Hairstreak eggs.
The long-term trend for this species shows a severe decline and it is therefore a priority species for conservation efforts. The primary larval foodplant is Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) for the Brown Hairstreak and in accordance with our HLS agreement, Tim manages and maintains the hedgerows to support our vital wildlife habitats.
see UK Butterflies for more information
(March 12, 2012)