Read about Mary Iden’s project and how you can help the brimstone butterfly.
Earlier this year, I organised a project ‘Transition Chichester Buckthorn for Brimstones’, which aimed to encourage people to plant one or more alder buckthorns in their gardens, allotments, farms etc. Alder buckthorn and common buckthorn are the only food plants for brimstone butterfly caterpillars, alder buckthorn being possibly better suited to the soils round Chichester. More than 300 bushes were planted in the area as a result………but there will always be room for more!
If you are interested in planting one or more alder buckthorns during this planting season, please email me (Mary Iden) at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, telling me how many you would like (so I know roughly how many to order), and giving me your postcode (so I can plot all the plantings on a Google map). Once the order has arrived from the nursery, I will let you know. You can then collect the bare-rooted bush(es) from my front garden in central Chichester – bring a plastic bag to put them in – and push the payment of £1.50 per bush through my front door.
Please see the information sheet, below, about buckthorn and brimstones, for advice on how to care for them.