£1000 for Tamar Valley’s Butterflies

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Heath Fritillaries (c) Caroline Kelly, Butterfly Conservation

Heath Fritillaries (c) Caroline Kelly, Butterfly Conservation

Just over £1000 has been raised to safeguard the Heath Fritillary butterfly in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The money was raised by walkers of the second annual Tamar Valley Discovery Trail Challenge, that took place on Saturday 1st June.

Thirty enthusiastic individuals started the 30-mile route at Tamerton Foliot at 8:00am, and finished some hours later at Lifton, ready for their well-earned lift back to the start.

Butterfly Conservation, this year’s chosen charity, is delighted with the funds. Caroline Kelly, Conservation Officer, says; “The amount of money raised is fantastic! Many thanks to all of the walkers who took part and their sponsors. We will be able to double our effort this coming year on saving Cornwall’s rarest butterfly”.

Plans are already well under way for next year’s Discovery Trail Challenge, which will incorporate an optional shorter route. Please contact the AONB team if you would like to nominate a charity for 2014. Tel: 01822 835030, email: rlumbis@tamarvalley.org.uk (Becki Lumbis).

If you would like to take part in the world’s biggest survey of butterflies, a good indicator of the health of the environment, the Big Butterfly Count is on now until 11th August. Almost 27,000 people took part in 2012, counting 223,000 individual butterflies across the UK. Please visit www.bigbutterflycount.org to find out more.

 

 

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