Butterflies and Springbok

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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

There is an active colony of Wood White at Butterfly Conservation‘s Oaken Wood reserve which is a couple of miles away from Springbok as the crow flies but until 2021 it was not present in the woods immediately around Springbok. Sympathetic woodland management since 2015 which has involved clearing some areas of woodland and the provision of a sunny east/west rides about 30 metres across which will be kept on a relatively short rotation has resulted in a dramatic change in the butterfly population over this relatively short time frame.  Whereas in 2015 only the Speckled Wood was present, this year (2021) 27 different species have been identified in Park Copse, the woodland next to Springbok, in 2021 (including those listed below). 

A large population of 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. 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.

Species found at Park Copse in 2021 include…….

Wood White, Purple Emperor, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Marbled White, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Heath, Gatekeeper, Painted Lady, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Meadow Brown, Comma, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Purple Hairstreak, Orange Tip, Brimstone, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper.