Holtspur Bottom, Buckinghamshire
Nearest town or settlement: Beaconsfield
Contact detailsContact name: Frank Banyard
Organisation: Butterfly Conservation Upper Thames Branch
Website: Holtspur Bank LNR page on Natural England website
PartnersFriends of Holtspur Bank Local Nature Reserve and Upper Thames group of Butterfly Conservation
Project descriptionWe are restoring the site for the owners, Beaconsfield Town Council. It has common butterflies, uncommon moths and we hope rare species breeding nearby may return. Part of the site was reseeded in October 2000, with native downland mix from Emorsgate Seeds, in part to control ragwort invasion. Since then the grassland has been cut and grazed by sheep. Colonisation from original downland has been slow but cowslips have dramatically increased. Hedging has been brought in from Buckingham nurseries. A scrape was made in 2003/4 for Horseshoe and Kidney Vetch. The population of Small Blue butterflies has increased since this work.