The Limewoods is a key area for butterflies in Lincolnshire, with the woodlands holding important colonies of several species that are close to the north-easterly limit of their UK distribution, such as White Admiral and Brown Hairstreak.
Other characteristic woodland butterflies such as Speckled Wood and Purple Hairstreak can be found in many of the woods in the Limewoods area, and these woodlands also provide refuges for grassland species in what is essentially an intensive agricultural landscape.
The Ringlet butterfly is an example of a grassland species that is very common here, and we also have colonies of less common species such as Marbled White, Dingy Skipper and Marsh Fritillary.
Butterfly Conservation is the national charity dedicated to saving butterflies, moths and their habitats. The Lincolnshire branch of Butterfly Conservation was established back in 1984, and for many years has been actively involved in habitat management in the Limewoods. This work includes long-term coppicing work at our Southrey Wood reserve, grassland management at Snakeholme Pit, and 17 years of monitoring, survey and hedgerow management as part of the Limewoods Brown Hairstreak project.
For more information, please visit the Lincolnshire Branch website.