Portland Living Landscapes Project
DWT’s 200-hectare, limestone grassland restoration project on the Isle of Portland, safeguarded hundreds of rare, threatened and declining wildlife species.
Isle of Portland © Tony Broadribb
3,500 volunteer days were carried out over the first three years of work.
Now a 10-year island-wide management plan has been established to ensure the long-term sustainability of the island’s wildlife and habitats. After just a few years, key plant species such as bird’s-foot trefoil, salad burnet and horseshoe vetch have become far more abundant in the restored grassland that was previously choked in a blanket of cotoneaster. Butterfly species across all project sites benefited, including a first ever recorded colony of Lulworth Skipper at King Barrow Quarry.
Increased numbers of many types of butterfly have been seen including silver-studded blue, Lulworth skipper, dingy skipper, small blue, chalkhill blue, Adonis blue and grayling.
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