On a day that’s full of ecological doom and gloom in the news, here’s a ray of sunshine. This is the first dingy skipper we’ve seen at Wheatland Farm. They are one of Europe’s fastest declining butterflies, so it’s great to see one here. Dingy Skippers like birdsfoot trefoil in mid-height grassland, and our management regime offers lots of that.
It’s true, it’s not our most beautiful butterfly – it does rather live up to its name. But if you get up close, it’s actually quite pretty.
And that depressing ecological story? It’s the confirmation that up to a million species face extinction unless we take urgent action. That’s not news to scientists. Ecologists have been heralding the world’s 6th mass extinction for well over a decade now. Ultimately, it’s why we moved to Wheatland Farm, and why we do everything we can to manage our land for wildlife. Biodiversity has been Wheatland Farm’s top priority as well as the bottom line (both financially and metaphorically) since 2006. When you stay at the ecolodges, you are supporting our conservation work. Thank you!