East Devon AONB ‘violet hunt’ launched

Youngsters searching for violets

Youngsters searching for violets - Credit: East Devon AONB

A new wildlife survey has been launched to help record sightings of wild violets and endangered pearl-bordered fritillary butterflies. 

With the onset of spring, it is the ‘perfect time’ for people to get outside and explore East Devon’s woodlands and they can help wildlife conservation while they do. 

To take part in the survey, people don’t have to be an expert – the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has organised a ‘violet hunt’ to run throughout May and June. 

Violets are vital food for the caterpillars of two of the UK’s rarest butterflies, the Pearl Bordered and Small Pearl Bordered fritillaries.  

“It’s a great excuse to go for a walk in the countryside, perhaps taking your children or grandchildren with you, and look at the beauty and variety of spring flowers in the woods, helping us benefit wildlife at the same time,” said Pete Youngman the East Devon AONB Project Officer. 

For more information or take part, visit https://www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk/our-work/projects/saving-special-species/small-pearl-bordered-fritillary 

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