By taking part in our citizen science surveys you are helping us to understand the condition of our priority habitats, their connectivity and the wildlife that lives in them.
LOOKING FOR VIOLETS
Where might our endangered butterflies be?
It’s not guaranteed, because they are so rare, but where there are violets, there could be pearl bordered fritillaries; one of our rarest UK butterflies and a species we are hoping to conserve and protect.
Usually spotted (if you are lucky!) in open woodland clearings or heathland habitats, these butterflies rely on common dog violets for their survival.
This is because violets are the sole food-plant of their caterpillars – they won’t eat anything else – so without them the butterflies won’t lay their eggs and the species will disappear.
Watch our video to find out more…
We need your help
Through the collective power of volunteers we hope to collect data that will help us to understand where violets are growing in the East Devon AONB and where there might be suitable habitat for pearl bordered fritillaries.
How to get involved
- We’ve created a map of the East Devon AONB showing pathways (marked in red) in and near habitat that would suit the pearl bordered fritillary.
- Start by checking the map and choosing a location where you will visit and search.
- Zoom in and click on individual footpaths to reveal grid references and further info.
- To view a larger map, click
- Read our survey guide information
- Access our online form, or download the word version for printing.
- Head to your chosen location and use your chosen form to record details about the habitat, any violets you can find and any butterfly sightings.
- Submit the online form or email a digital copy of the downloadable form to us.
What you'll need
Access or download the violet survey form using the links below and take a look at our survey guide for details on what you need to look for.
If you have any further questions or want to find out more, email our project engagement officer, Ruth Worsley: firstname.lastname@example.org
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