Matterley is a 2400 acre mixed farm with 200 dairy cattle and 1100 acres of arable including wheat, barley and oilseed rape. The farm has been in Higher Level Stewardship since 2014, and forms part of the Winchester Downs Farm Cluster group. Recently a decision was made to create a butterfly scrape to establish a breeding area for native Lepidoptera on the farm, including the small blue butterfly and the striped lychnis moth.
Find out more about how the scrapes have been created, and how they will be managed, in this new case study on Farm Wildlife
Farm Wildlife has been developed to provide best practice guidance on how to help wildlife on farmland, provided by a partnership of some of the UK’s leading conservation organisations, including Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, Bat Conservation Trust, Buglife, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Plantlife, RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts.