30. Mar, 2018

Kidney Vetch

Monday 26th March saw a group of us from East Haven, SNH and Butterfly Conservation walk 18km along the coast to plant Kidney Vetch which is the sole food plant of the Small Blue butterfly. Last year we planted patches of the plant towards Carnoustie to help create a food corridor by linking up areas of the plant. The Small Blue is the UK's smallest butterfly and a priority species which has suffered severe declines in recent decades. However, it has been found at many sites on the Angus coast from Buddon Ness to Kinnaber North of Montrose. In a real partnership between Tayside Biodiversity, Butterfly Conservation, SNH and local residents our work has strengthened the food corridor to enable this important butterfly to extend it's habitat and preserve it for future generations.