Butterfly Conservation
saving butterflies, moths and our environment
Butterfly Conservation - saving butterflies, moths and our environment

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Clearing scrub from the hill side

Burning cleared timber

Clearance work at Heyshott

Heyshott Escarpment

The steep North slope of the Downs at Heyshott has been the site of one of our greatest conservation successes. Working with the Murray Downland Trust over a number of years, we have cleared scrub and created an ideal environment for the Duke of Burgundy, whose numbers have multiplied manyfold as a result. A major project this winter will be to cut back scrub which has grown tremendously over last summer.

You can read more about fantastic conservation work at Heyshott on the Murray Downland Trust website.

Heyshott escarpment scrub clearance

Work starts on site at 9.00 am and continues until around lunchtime. You are welcome to come along for as much or as little of this time as suits you. Work is with hand tools only, which will be provided, but we recommend you wear stout boots, work gloves and safety glasses.

Work party dates may be changed at short notice, particularly if the weather is wet, so if you are travelling any distance please check before setting off with Nigel Symington on 07808 936900.

Heyshott escarpment parking

There is limited parking at the South end of Heyshott village at SU900177, then walk for about a mile up the slope to the work site. For those who would like assistance with their equipment, please meet at Upper Cranmore (the fourth gravel drive on the right after the Unicorn pub just after the cart shed on the verge) at 8.45am so that they can be taken up with the quad bike.

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