Volunteer butterfly recorders needed

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Thursday 23rd April 2009

Green Hairstreak (┬ęPeter Norman)Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) are looking for help in monitoring the butterflies on one of the Dumfries and galloway's key nature reserves.

Kirkconnell Flow NNR is located approximately 6km south of Dumfries off the A710 close to Mabie Forest Park. The reserve is a lowland raised bog fringed with mixed woodland and acid grassland, and is home to bog specialists including Green Hairstreak and Large Heath butterfly. A 2.5 kilometre butterfly transect has been set up taking in all the main reserve habitats. The transect is predominantly on flat ground but crosses some rough damp areas. SNH is looking for a volunteer(s) to carry out weekly transect surveys between April and September to improve our knowledge of the biodiversity of the site. The survey must be carried out in warm dry weather between 10:00am and 17:00pm. All results will be sent to Butterfly Conservation and the Dumfries and Galloway Environmental Resources Centre.

If you are interested in helping contact the reserve officer Beth Wilson or telephone 01387 247010.

There are also other opportunities to help with butterfly transects elsewhere in the region too. Anyone interested should contact Richard Sutcliffe (butterfly recorder for SW scotland) for more details.