We’ve been keeping track of the wonderful wildlife we see here at Butser as the seasons change. Here is our July update written by team member Victoria Melluish on what we’ve witnessed this month!
Return of the Lychnis Moth
July has brought us colour and vibrancy amongst the flora and fauna not to mention the beautiful yellow flower named Dark Mullein which is a vital food source for the rare Lychnis Moth. Upon exploring the farms Dark Mullein to find the elusive caterpillar with butterfly conservationist Fiona Haynes we finally came across a tiny little Lynchis caterpillar! Success!
Initially there was a worry to whether they had flourished this year as they were nowhere to be seen in the beginning of July, it seems that they have decided to come out later in the month, the phrase “better late than never” has never been so appropriate!
Alongside the unique little caterpillars we also have another rare find that has been discovered on the farm for the first time, weevils! Specifically one that also likes Dark Mullein. We are hoping to learn more about them and see what we can do to make their home a little more comfortable on the farm with their friend the Lychnis caterpillar.
I’ll start by introducing myself – I’m Dan, one half of the pair of interns from University College Dublin that’s working at Butser for a month as part of my degree. Last week’s entry was from my fellow intern, Martha. We’ll be taking it in turns to try to get our experience across as best as possible!
Martha and Dan are archaeology students from University College Dublin and are joining us for four weeks over the summer to get hands-on with some experimental archaeology and public engagement. Here is their first blog post written by Martha about what they have been up to so far… Continue reading
Sunday the 14th of July was a marvellous day for the Weald and Downland Rare and Traditional breeds show! Rare and traditional sheep, cows, pigs, horses, poultry, rabbits, Guinea pigs and of course goats were brought from all over the country for the show.
Our team brought along two of our English goats to join in with the fun, and did exceptionally well! Sorrel our 3 year old ash white and black striped lady won 1st place in the Female Kidded category and Branwyn our fawn coloured goatling, won 2nd place in the goatling class!
They celebrated their little victories by chomping on hazel branches and getting lots of attention and affection from visitors. We are very much looking forward to next year when we will hope to bring some kids with us!
See below for an exciting update about a new partnership between the farm and the UCL Institute of Archaeology.
‘We are delighted to announce that, from September 2019, Butser Ancient Farm will be hosting the UCL Institute of Archaeology’s annual ‘Prim Tech’ course marking the start of what both institutions intend to be a period of partnership in teaching, research, and public engagement in the technologies of the past and their contributions to present-day issues of sustainability. Continue reading