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April 27, 2009

Butterfly Walk, Little Drum Wood

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , — Heather Young @ 4:24 pm

Sunday May 24th. 2pm., Little Drum Wood, Brig o’ Turk.  


Meet in the Car Park at NN548063, on the south side of the A821 opposite Lendrick Lodge, just east of Brig o’ Turk. For a map of the location click here 

Little Drum Wood is part of the Woodland Trust’s Glen Finglas Estate, and borders the north shore of Loch Venacher. There are several waymarked routes throughout Glen Finglas ranging from ½ an hour to 7 hours duration, but we will be exploring suitable butterfly habitat within, and around the periphery, of the wood itself, at a leisurely pace, so the walk will be suitable for anyone used to a little bit of physical exercise. The event is being organised as part of Scottish Biodiversity Week, and amongst other things there is a photographic competition with the theme ‘Colours of Nature’, so don’t forget your camera (for more information click here).

Butterflies are obviously the primary targets, but if the weather refuses to co-operate, there will be lots of other interesting things to look for instead. Little Drum Wood is ancient woodland, well known for its carpets of bluebells and rich birdlife (including both pied and spotted flycatchers).

Bluebells © Ramsay Young

The butterflies we are particularly hoping to see are Green Hairstreak; tiny, feisty little creatures that glitter like jewels as they tilt their wings to catch the sunlight, as they (the males) hold territories amongst the bilberry and heather at the edge of the wood.

Green hairstreak © Maurice Young

Green hairstreak © Maurice Young

On the wing from the end of April and continuing well into June, we should be sure to find them if the sun is shining! See the ‘species’ pages for further information on their ecology. We will also be searching suitable habitat for the Pearl-bordered Fritillary, the subject of a co-ordinated survey effort in 2009 – if you would like to get involved please see our ‘surveys’ page for details. On the wing from the beginning of May, if they are present in the woodland clearings we should be able to find them, but need to be careful about identification, as they are easily confused with the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, which emerges a little later, but could well be around by the 24th. May.



Small pearl-bordered fritillary © Ramsay Young

Small pearl-bordered fritillary © Ramsay Young

We will look for this BAP priority species as well anyway, probably more likely to be found in the damper areas nearer the loch shore, and although a little early in the season, may well be present if the weather is warm between now and then (fingers crossed).


Brig o’ Turk village has a small café, with another restaurant a little bit further along the road towards Aberfoyle, and of course Callander and Aberfoyle both have plenty of  places to eat and drink either before or after the walk – you could even bring a picnic as we’re almost certain to have gloriously sunny weather on the 24th! See you then.


Heather Young.






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