Posted 12th Jul 2018 by Peter Byrne
A butterfly reserve in Gloucestershire has had a unique new entrance unveiled
Rough Bank is owned by Butterfly Conservation (BC) and is part of the Cotswold Commons and Beechwoods National Nature Reserve in the Slad Valley near Stroud.
The specially-designed, galvanised metal butterfly gate has been installed thanks to an arts award programme, which was established to recognise the efforts of young artists and their designers.
Sue Smith, the chair of the Butterfly Conservation's Gloucestershire Branch, commented: "The Richard Seager Arts Award selected Rough Bank as the beneficiary of this year’s winning design - a beautiful butterfly-themed gate created by blacksmithing student Tobias Forbes-Gower."
"The centre of the gate clearly shows the outline of a butterfly and the far left post has been shaped to look like two butterflies in flight – it really does look fantastic and the installation comes during Butterfly Conservation’s 50th anniversary year."
Now, nature enthusiasts are being encouraged to visit the reserve to see the gate for themselves and to see some of the 33 butterfly species that can be found at the reserve - at this time of year, this will include the Marbled White, Ringlet and Silver-washed Fritillary.
Rough Bank is one of the few locations in the UK where you can see the following six species of blue butterfly:
- The Adonis Blue
- Chalk Hill Blue
- Small Blue
- Holly Blue
- Common Blue
- Brown Argus
It's also a biologically rich reserve - the main area if a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and as well as the 33 species of butterfly, there are 38 species of nationally scarce moths and 12 species of orchid to be found there.