The Shatterford Woods project was a collaboration with Butterfly Conservation and Forestry England and was one of the first Natural Networks projects to be completed. Shatterford Woods lies just inside the Worcestershire’s northern border and forms an important satellite woodland to the Wyre Forest, an area which is home to several rare butterflies and a host of other wildlife.
The project involved widening and improving woodland rides and glades though several larch plantations: creating open, sunny habitats to benefit a range of wildlife. During the project over 2.3 km (1.4 miles) of woodland rides and clearings were enhanced, an area of hazel coppice was reinstated, and a south-facing bank was managed to expose it to the sunlight - providing excellent habitat for butterflies and other pollinators.
In May 2020 a dingy skipper butterfly was seen at Shatterford Woods by a Butterfly Conservation volunteer, the first time this species has been recorded on the site. The dingy skipper was once found throughout England, but it has suffered significant declines in recent decades due to habitat loss and the isolation of its colonies. This siting is great news and a good sign that the project is already having positive effects.
Natural Networks project benefits wildlife
A partnership project to create more than 44 hectares of habitat for wildlife across Worcestershire is celebrating two years of…
Rare butterfly spotted
A rare butterfly has moved into an area of Shatterford Woods where work took place last year to improve the habitat for wildlife.
Natural Networks celebrates wildlife milestone
New watercourses and woodland corridors for butterflies are just two of the achievements so far of an important project to help wildlife…