The so-called rubbish tax is providing £20,000 to help save four rare butterflies on the Blackdown Hills. Somerset Wildlife Trust and the Blackdown Hills Trust have received the cash from Viridor Credits’ Landfill Communities Fund.
The two organisation, which form part of the Blackdown Hills Priority Butterflies Project, will ensure the very specific habitats the butterflies enjoy for feeding and breeding can be restored and enriched.
The habitat preferred by the marsh fritillary, small pearl-bordered fritillary, brown hairstreak and narrow-bordered bee hawk-moth needs to be carefully managed as their survival depends on having particular plants and flowers to lay their eggs and to feed.
The will go on protecting and restoring wetland, grassland and open woodland on the Blackdowns, which will promote the growth of the plants the butterflies depend on and make the landscape easier for the butterflies to move through.