Wildlife Biodiversity

Butterflies and Moths

Question – What ever happened to all the butterflies and moths you saw as a child growing up?

The short answer is that their homes have been replaced by housing estates and acres of farmland. With this development all of the nectar producing plants that these creatures depend on have disappeared and left our butterflies hungry.
Regular butterfly surveys and moth trappings are carried out on the reserve by Conservation Service staff. The butterfly surveys are called pollards and involve walking a set route and identifying and recording all butterflies seen along the route while moth trapping involves leaving a specially designed box with a source of light overnight.
These surveys help the Conservation Service to monitor any species decline and with this information take action to prevent further species decline.

Download our butterfly factsheet to find out more about the species found at Oxford Island