A new report A Vascular Plant Red List for England by the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) reveals one in five vascular plant species are threatened with extinction, including the Wiltshire County flower, the Burnt-tip Orchid.
The Small Ranunculus moth (Hecatera dysodea), which has in recent years reappeared after a period of extinction in the UK, has been recently sighted, outside the WSBRC’s office! Not only was this rare species spotted, at least 20 of the small green caterpillars were counted on one plant, a fantastic sighting.
After an absence of 30 years, the rare Down Shieldbug (Canthophorus impressus) has been recorded again at Pewsey Downs National Nature Reserve. Last recorded in 1984, an amazing 14 were found by our County Recorder Steve Covey, during a visit to try and find out if this rare species was on the reserve.
The esteemed naturalist Dr David Attenborough launched the survey, run by Butterfly Conservation of which he is the President, today on Radio 4 and talked about how important it is to record what’s using our gardens, green-spaces and wider countryside.
A whole array of exciting events from wildlife walks and creative ecology workshops, to photography competitions and make a movie workshops are taking place at a beautiful green space on the edge of Marlborough, called Stonebridge Meadows, this summer.