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Butterfly Training Courses

Greenwich Park and Blackheath form a large area of green space in a built-up environment. Taken together with nearby gardens, these habitats are an important refuge for wildlife, including many butterflies. 29 species – almost half the UK total – have been recorded since 2010.

In order to increase local knowledge and appreciation of Greenwich Park’s and Blackheath’s butterflies and their habitats, to engage the community and inspire interest in nature, the Friends of Greenwich Park and the Blackheath Society have joined forces to support this initiative.

The courses led by local naturalist, Joe Beale ACIEEM FBNA, will be: “Level 1 Butterfly ID and local habitats”, and “Level 2 Butterfly transect survey training”. These interactive courses will introduce you to the common butterflies occurring locally and give you a basic overview of how to do a butterfly transect. We will have a look at their life cycles, ecology, habitats, and status changes. For those who feel confident, we hope to recruit volunteers to undertake the Level 2 Butterfly transect survey training. The Level 1 butterfly ID course will be delivered via Zoom over two Saturdays, about 2.5 hours each. The Level 2 Butterfly Transect will be delivered via Zoom and outdoor guided walks. The courses will start in April and spaces are limited.

Courses are free, but donations are welcomed.

More details here. Application forms have been sent to members with the Spring 2021 newsletter.