The effect of cutting grass for butterfly conservation at Witch Lodge Field, Somerset, England

  • Published source details Sutton R. (2006) The effect of cutting grass for butterfly conservation at Witch Lodge Field, Somerset, England. Conservation Evidence, 3, 49-51.


The grassland at Witch Lodge Field, Somerset has been cut annually since 1979 using a brush cutter to maintain butterfly habitat. Despite management, many butterfly species have declined on the site including several species of conservation concern. These declines may be attributable both to the increase in the proportion of grass in the sward and grass 'greening'.


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