Brilliant Butterflies Project

What is the Brilliiant Butterflies Project?

We have been in discussion with the Butterfly Conservation Organisation to improve the butterfly presence in Littleheath Woods by creating a special habitat area. This is part of a larger project to introduce new wildflower/butterfly habitat in greenspaces across Croydon.

How can I find out more information?

For more info go to https://www.wildlondon.org.uk/brilliant-butterflies

What is going to happen in Littleheath Woods and where?

Following a recent site visit it has been proposed to locate the project in Fallen Oak Field as shown in the location plan below.                                                                                                                                                 It will involve “a scrape” which is the most cost-effective strategy whereby 150mm topsoil is removed for seeding/planting into low nutrient subsoil. This prevents the grass from dominating. The scrape is approx. 16x10m and totals 150sqm.                                                                                                                                   A small digger will be used to strip off the topsoil and create a bank to one side of the scrape. The subsequent seeding/planting will provide a wide variety of nectar sources and larval food plants to support butterflies and other pollenating insects. The wildflowers may take a few years to establish and only need cutting once grass gets abundant with cuttings raked off. It will be possible for the tractor to mow the scrape in the same way as surrounding grassland once this is required. In the meantime, in order to avoid unnecessary cutting and disturbance, we will initially fence around the scrape.                                                                                   Brilliant Butterflies will provide all the plants but will also let us have seeds that members of our group can cultivate for planting there as well.                                                                                                                      The project is approved by Croydon Council, as there is no cost to the Council involved, and it is anticipated that the work will take place end 3rd week of March.

Location Plan