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Thursday, 30 September 2021

Do your bit for butterflies!
Brimstone butterfly Photo: SRWT

Do your bit for butterflies!

The brimstone butterfly is one of the heralds of spring and can be seen in most parts of Sheffield and Rotherham. However, despite having simple needs, the population size in our area is very small. But this could be easily changed simply by planting sufficient amounts of its larval host plant, common buckthorn.

In partnership with Nether Edge and Sharrow Sustainable Transformation, Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust is asking people to plant common buckthorn in the gardens or other green spaces for which they are responsible. All you need is a 1.5 metre x 1.5 metre x 1.5 metre space for each plant - sufficient space for the plant to reach a large enough size for the brimstone to lay its eggs.

The Trust will be placing a bulk order for bare root buckthorn whips in November 2021 and now's your chance to order some for yourself. Simply decide how many buckthorn whips you want and the Trust will order them for you at the knockdown cost of £3 each.

To take part, order yours at https://www.wildsheffield.com/the-brimstones-and-buckthorn-initiative before 31st October. The Trust will then get in touch to arrange online payment ready for you to collect your plants and an aftercare leaflet from the Trust's HQ in Stafford Road during November.

Once planted, your small action will help have a huge impact on the brimstone butterfly and other local wildlife.