Buriton moth and bug hunt

Buriton moth and bug hunt

 On Saturday the 7th May there was an open day at the Buriton LNR. All sorts of activities were laid on for the local parish residents, and visitors from further afield. These includes moth and bug hunts, guided walks with local historians and ecologists, and hands on activities making things from chalk.

One welcome guest was Damian Hinds the local MP, who is a key supporter of the project. Another visitor, and very welcome also was the Cheese Snail (Helicodonta obvoluta). This is a rare mollusc restricted in the UK to southern England on the South Downs, but also found on the Continent from the Netherlands down to Italy. This was the first  ever sighting of this creature on the LNR and it caused quite a stir when a positive identification was made.

The importance of both community support and rare wildlife species to the success of the project cannot be underestimated.

Cheese Snail

Cheese Snail

The project began in 2007 and was awarded a Heritage lottery Fund grant in 2010. For more details about the open day or the Buriton Project go to http://buriton.info/news/chalk_pits_open_day_great_success

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