Butterflies and Moths

Top butterflies to spot in Burgess Park

Speckled Wood – Seen wherever there are trees and bushes, so – north of the lake, in the new New Church wildlife area  and near Glengall Wharf Garden.

Speckled Wood

Holly Blue – Find this butterfly all across Burgess Park, usually seen with wings closed.

Holly BlueHolly Blue (folded wings)

Small White – The commonest butterfly in the park. Can be confused with other “whites”, but that’s not important.  Seen flying near many different types of flowers, especially wild flowers.

Small WhiteSmall White (folded wings)

Gatekeeper – North of the lake, near Waite Road, by the Lime Kiln and probably in the new Burgess West wild area. Likes blackberry bramble flowers.

Large Skipper – North of the lake. Needs a bit more looking for, but very distinctive shape.
Large Skipper
 A new survey reveals 16 species of butterfly are thriving in Burgess Park because of the unique mix of wild plants and trees. The survey findings come just as the park is facing massive new developments which could reduce the value of the park for wildlife.
Friends of Burgess Park has campaigned for many years to keep wildlife areas with long grasses, nettles and blackberry brambles and this is now paying off with the butterfly, bird and bat populations all thriving.
Read the blog about the 16 species of butterflies and where to find them in Burgess Park.
Moth release by Butterfly Conservation.
Moth release by Butterfly Conservation.

This success story of city wildlife thriving in Burgess Park is under threat. It matters because British butterflies, and other species, are in steep decline, so carefully managed wildlife areas are crucial to their recovery.  New buildings developments all around Burgess Park threatens the fantastic wildlife areas. But, especially those closest on the south side of Burgess Park, along Parkhouse Street and Southampton Way. Friends of Burgess Park hope the council will to stick to their commitment to enlarge the park with additional land on Southampton Way already designated for many years as Metropolitan Open Land.

More about the threat of developments to wildlife in the press release Friends of Burgess Park 24 June 2019.
See Revitalisation pages for more on development.