Project will save habitats of Small Blue butterflies in Southam

A small blue underwing. Picture by Keith Warmington of Butterfly Conservation.

A small blue underwing. Picture by Keith Warmington of Butterfly Conservation.

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The habitats of a butterfly species will be saved, thanks to a project to restore and expand sites of rare and special grassland in Southam.

The charity Butterfly Conservation is leading the work, which will enhance the limestone grassland habitat of the Small Blue butterfly (as pictured here by Keith Warmington of Butterfly Conservation) and help to re-establish more breeding locations across 23 different sites within the Southam Lias grasslands landscape - several of which are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The work - which will include creating scrapes and butterfly banks and planting plants that provide nectar for the Small Blue Butterfly - will be carried out by contractors and volunteers.

The project is being funded by Southam Town Council and the Veolia Environmental Trust.

Work is expected to be complete by the end of March 2017. Visit butterfly-conservation.org/316/warwickshire-branch