Butterflies and Springbok

The woodland in the area around the Springbok Estate is one of the most important areas for woodland butterflies in the South East of England and the only place where the rare Wood White butterfly can still be seen in May/June and again towards the end of July in some seasons in a second brood.

Wood White butterfly

Wood White butterfly

The Wood White can be found at Butterfly Conservation’s Oaken Wood reserve which is a couple of miles away from Springbok as the crow flies but isn’t currently present in the woods immediately around Springbok. The Butterfly Conservation experts have confirmed that sympathetic woodland management should help to increase the habitat and boost the numbers of the Wood White in the local area and bring them into the Springbok Woods.  Local woodland owners are now working closely with Butterfly Conservation to restore and improve the butterfly habitat. This involves clearing some areas of woodland to provide open, sunny east/west rides about 30 metres across and then keeping them on a relatively short rotation which is what many butterflies need to survive and thrive.

Currently the Wood White can be found at Butterfly Conservation’s Oaken Wood reserve which is a couple of miles away from Springbok as the crow flies but they aren’t currently present in the woods immediately around Springbok. We have a short video below of a Wood White at Oaken Wood in 2017 filmed by Kathy on a visit to Oaken Wood with Harry Clarke, the Butterfly Conservation Recorder for Surrey.

The Butterfly Conservation experts have confirmed that sympathetic woodland management should help to increase the habitat and boost the numbers of the Wood White in the local area and bring them into the Springbok Woods.  In practice this means overgrown wood has to be harvested and cleared and then kept on short rotations to create open spaces suitable for butterflies.