Dorset Wildlife Trust is inviting you to come and discover the beauty of butterflies on a guided walk this summer. In the tranquil location of one of Portland’s disused quarries, many spectacular species can be seen, including the rare Adonis blue.
What will I find?
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s King Barrow Quarries is a former stone quarry, abandoned around 100 years ago and has since been allowed to regenerate naturally. The quarry is now home to a host of wildlife, including limestone plants that support colonies of several species of blue butterflies - common, chalkhill, silver-studded and Adonis. Situated high on the Isle of Portland, the reserve is close to the New Ground view-point which has stunning views of the Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach & the Fleet lagoon.
Samantha Dallimore, Community Conservation Officer for Dorset Wildlife Trust, says: “This reserve is a real hidden gem. Nature has re-colonised the old quarry and the wildlife here is stunning. When you walk around the reserve and spot the various blue butterflies, you know you are somewhere really special. I am really looking forward to showing people the magic of this reserve.”
How can I get involved?
The guided butterfly walk is on Tuesday 19th July from 11am to 1pm and costs £1 per person. Meet at the entrance to the reserve by the name stone, on Yeates Road just off the A354, grid reference SY689728. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear, as the ground is uneven. Booking is essential. For more information please contact Samantha Dallimore on 01305 816546.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Nicky Hoar at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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