Could a disease resistant tree help reverse the fortunes of the white-letter hairstreak butterfly?
Join Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust butterfly expert Ben Keywood and Paul Selby, chair of Nether Edge and Sharrow Sustainable Transformation (NESST) for a fascinating look at the relationship between the rare White-letter Hairstreak butterfly and Elm trees.
The deadly Dutch Elm Disease (DED) decimated nearly all of the UKs large mature elm trees. Mature elms have their own unique biodiverse species mix of lichens and insects, many of which declined as elm trees have disappeared. The most famous species dependent solely on elms is the white-letter hairstreak butterfly, which has declined by 97% since the 1960s.
We’ll also discuss the Elms and Hairstreaks Initiative, a joint project which we hope can transform the future of both species in our region – and how you can get involved!
Although entry to this event is free, all donations are welcomed and will be split between Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust and Nether Edge and Sharrow Sustainable Transformation.
White-letter hairstreak ©Vaughn Matthews