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The Ashdown Forest Silver-studded Blue Project

The Ashdown Forest Silver-studded Blue Project 2017

Bob Eade

The distribution trend for the Silver-studded Blue had shown a 43% drop since 1970. Region conservation status for this butterfly is "High" with only one population now found in East Sussex. This project will reinvigorate habitat areas and help to ensure a strong future for the population of this beautiful butterfly within the High Weald.

The project activities are:

  • Butterfly and habitat surveys to better understand the strength of the East Sussex population
  • Identification and creation of long-term butterfly survey plots
  • Establishment of an ongoing research project
  • Larger-scale habitat restoration and creation
  • Demonstration and advocacy amongst land managers
  • Engaging people in this beautiful and rare butterfly

The Silver-studded Blue is found mainly in 4 landscape areas within the South East region - New Forest (connecting to Dorset Heaths), Thames Basin Heaths, Wealden Greensand, and High Weald. Within the High Weald landscape area, Silver-studded Blue is only known to exist within the Ashdown Forest area (a 3,000ha SSSI).

Silver-studded Blue Project 2017 sightings

Date Person Location Notes
1 Friday 23 June Moi Hicks Ellisons Pond Saw two males approx 150yds up the hill from the right hand pond. Just off of the path on the Heather and grasses. View on map
2 Thursday 22 June Nigel Symington Camp Hill A second male SSB this afternoon at 3.50 at TQ463287 View on map
3 Thursday 22 June Nigel Symington Camp Hill One male SSB seen this afternoon at 3.45 at TQ463288 flying around some cross-leaved Heath View on map
4 Thursday 22 June Lee Martin on Ashdown Forest I am mailing you to let advise you of a sighting of a silver-studded blue butterfly on Ashdown Forest in Sussex on Saturday 17th June at approx 2pm View on map
5 Tuesday 20 June Tom Lee South of Smugglers These may well be the ones Steve saw earlier in the month. Two males within close proximity on the second (lower) path. An good sweep of the area below that, where I have seen them in previous years, proved fruitless this morning. View on map
6 Tuesday 20 June Tom Lee South of Smugglers car park These may well be the same two males that Steve saw earlier in the month. This time they were together within a few feet. I was lucky enough to get there before it got too hot and managed some photos. By the time I left they were no longer settling. I had a good sweep of the area below the second (lower) path where I found these, but I saw no further ones. Plenty of dragonfly, moths and large skippers though. View on map
7 Monday 19 June Chris Bird Ellisons pond One male on the track near Ellison's pond on the way up to Camp Hill clump at around 7:30am. View on map
8 Monday 19 June Alastair Gray Hollies 2 Male Silver Studded Blues on left of main path around 250yrds from Hollies Car park. TQ461284. View on map
9 Monday 19 June Rob Thomas N of Ellisons Pond Two males seen on grass/heather patch immediately on east side of path leading north from Ellisons Pond. View on map
10 Sunday 18 June Steve Wheatley Below Smugglers Car Park Two male Silver-studded Blues seen (50m apart) on the second (lower) path below Smugglers Car Park. View on map
11 Sunday 18 June Chris Hooker Ashdown Forest 2 Silver Studded Blues beside the ride approx 150m SW of Smugglers car park. 1 male and 1 female. View on map
12 Saturday 17 June Nigel Kemp TQ471295 5 males, 1 female. View on map
13 Thursday 15 June Nigel Kemp TQ472295 single active male View on map
14 Thursday 15 June Nigel Kemp TQ464297 single active male View on map
15 Wednesday 14 June Paul Johnson Forest ride about 250 m east of Poundgate car park Found two fresh and very active male Silver-studded Blues in a sheltered spot at the junction of two main rides ~ 250 m east of the Poundgate car park. A very forlorn looking overwintered Peacock in attendance too. View on map
16 Tuesday 13 June Graham Nichols 2 or 300 yards down the track from Hollies car park 2 males seen 2 or 300 yards down the track from the Hollies car park View on map
17 Friday 02 June Josh Bevan Millbrooke West Grazing Enclosure Silver Studded Blue Millbrooke West Grazing Enclosure - Ashdown Forest View on map

Contact Steve Wheatley ,Butterfly Conservation Senior Regional Officer - South East England
swheatley@butterfly-conservation.org

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