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Following the successful redesign of the Kent Branch websites (www.kentbutterflies.org & www.kentmoths.org) the Surrey & South West London Branch website (butterflies) has now been given the same “makeover”.

Over the next few months the new look website will see new sections begin to open, with members being able to submit their butterfly records online.

Also the branch have purchased a new website address dedicated to Moths. By 16th March all Moth content will be moved onto the new branch website for moths at www.surreymoths.org and the website will offically open.

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Surrey sites and species: Actions for RAP priority butterflies in 2007

The priorities are based on the current RAP; it should be noted that this may change following the BAP review (due to report April 2007). We need to identify ‘species champions’ to co-ordinate actions and maintain overview of habitat needs – and to clarify their roles and lines of communication.

Please contact Stephen or Gail Jeffcoate if you can help.

A. High Priority Species:

1. Silver-spotted Skipper (Species Champion needed)

· Continue to monitor numbers by transect

· Monitor at recently colonised sites by adult counts and egg searches

· Monitor sites that may be colonised, especially with Corp.of London

· Monitor continuing changes in habitat requirements due to climate change

2. Grizzled Skipper (Species Champion needed – perhaps with DS)

· Continue to monitor numbers by transect

· Carry out targeted recording away from chalk sites, especially in woodland

· Revisit sites with 1990 records and survey other potential woodland sites

· At chalk sites, monitor presence and use of various larval foodplants

· Advise landowners on vegetation structure needed (as currently done on some chalk sites)

3. Dingy Skipper (Species Champion needed – perhaps with GS)

Currently Medium Priority. Proposed High Priority status in current review of national BAP species. Actions as for Grizzled Skipper a) and b).

4. Wood White (Species Champion: Steve Jeffcoate)

· Monitor known populations by timed counts and Oaken Wood transect

· Check newly discovered populations and survey potential habitat in Chiddingfold area

· Continue to work with FE and other landowners to achieve appropriate management

5. Brown Hairstreak (Species Champion needed)

· Continue to search for eggs and map their distribution, especially at northern edge of distribution and in the Weald

· Inform landowners and managers of the importance and ecology of the species and encourage suitable management of Blackthorn
, as already done with Epsom Rangers, Corp. of London at Ashtead Common, NT, etc.

6. Small Blue (Species Champion: Gail Jeffcoate)

· Continue to monitor by transect

· Continue to carry out adult, egg, Kidney Vetch flower counts every year at as many sites as possible

· Continue to monitor effects of sheep grazing at Howell Hill, Box Hill and other sites as appropriate; influence timing, siting of grazing as necessary

· Work with landowners to carry out scrub clearance and especially ground disturbance, currently carried out with Guildford BC, Pewley Down Volunteers, Lower Mole Project, Natural England, Surrey Wildlife Trust, Old Surrey Downs Project, London Borough of Sutton Environment team

· Implement Surrey SAP

7. Silver-studded Blue (Species Champion needed)

· Continue to monitor by transect

· Encourage single-species transects (currently 2) and timed counts at more sites

· Carry out targeted recording at former and potential new sites

· Help SWT to monitor introduction at Ockham Common

8. Adonis Blue (Species Champions: Gail and Steve Jeffcoate)

· Continue transects at Denbies Hillside and Box Hill

· Monitor by searches/timed counts at sites without transects, eg Colekitchen, Box Hill (Dukes) and parts of Denbies Hillside

· Monitor at sites of presumed unauthorised introductions

· Continue to survey habitat patches in Gomshall area where species has not been seen for several years

· Continue to monitor effects of cattle grazing at Box Hill and pony grazing at Denbies Hillside, liaising with NT and NE

· Survey/monitor condition of Horseshoe Vetch, presence of ants, larval activity at Box Hill and Denbies Hillside

9. Purple Emperor (Species Champion needed)

· Monitor at known assembly areas

· Targeted recording, revisiting sites where species was recorded during 1990s; surveys of woodland where it has not previously been recorded

· Liaise with and contribute to Matthew Oates’s ongoing project

10. Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (Species Champion: Ken Willmott)

· Continue to monitor continued presence, distribution and numbers in Tugley Wood

11. Pearl-bordered Fritillary (Species Champion: Ken Willmott)

· Continue to monitor area occupied and in Chiddingfold Forest

· Continue to work with BC Regional Officer and FE to ensure appropriate management

B Medium Priority Species:

12. White-letter Hairstreak (Species Champion: Richard Donovan, with Alan Wingrove, Malcolm Bridge)

· Monitor by timed counts at known colonies

· Carry out targeted recording across the county, especially revisiting sites with records during 1990s. Identify possible locations by recording flowering Elms in spring.

13. Chalkhill Blue (Species Champion needed)

· Continue to monitor by transect network

· Carry out timed counts at sites without transects

14. Dark Green Fritillary (Species Champion: Gail Jeffcoate)

· Maintain overview of performance at sites with transects

· Continue additional monitoring/timed counts at Box Hill, especially monitoring effects of grazing regimes

· Continue searches at sites such as Denbies Hillside, White Down, Hutchinsons Bank area, Headley Warren

· Liaise with NT and other landowners and inform them of the status and needs of the species

15. Wall

· Investigate reports to confirm any sightings.

16. Grayling (Species Champion needed to co-ordinate actions)

· Continue to monitor by transects

· Encourage further transect monitoring by single species transects eg extension of SSB transect at Frensham to cover flight period of Grayling

· Targeted recording needed, revisiting sites with records in 1990s and surveying new sites

· Liaise with organisations such as SWT, Heathland Countryside Management Project to ensure needs of species are taken into account and encourage monitoring at their sites

C. Low Priority Species:

17. Green Hairstreak

· Carry out targeted recording on heathland and other sites off chalk

18. Brown Argus

· Continue to monitor by transect

· Carry out training (eg on field trips) to ensure accurate ID by recorders

19. White Admiral

· Carry out targeted recording

· Produce phenograms for 3 BNM periods (BNM, BNM+5, BNM+10)

20. Silver-washed Fritillary

· Carry out targeted recording, especially at N and E edges of range

21. Marbled White

· Continue to monitor expansion away from chalk sites and maintain overview of distribution in the county


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