Now that April has arrived I've gone out into the 2km squares I have been allocated by STERF and chosen my exact transects for surveying. I have tried to get a range of habitats, both good and bad, to provide a true picture of the state of the butterfly population in the Touraine du Sud.
wild violet on the edge of the woods.
- An area of unimproved grassland on the south facing slope of a limestone spur, surrounded by broadleaf woodland, once probably pasture, now mown perhaps once a year.
- The steep grassy north facing slope of a limestone spur, being overtaken by conifers, junipers and other scrub, surrounded by mixed broadleaf and conifer woodland, once probably sheep pasture and now abandoned.
- A rural track with improved pasture one side, broadacre crops the other.
- A rural track through intensive broadacre cultivation.
- A rural track through semi-improved pasture with a well vegetated ditch along one side.
- An area of damp natural calcareous grassland, not grazed by domestic stock but may be occasionally mown, and wild boar forage extensively, surrounded by stands of broadleaf woodland, conifers and heath.
- An area of damp natural calcareous grassland, not grazed by domestic stock, but wild boar forage extensively, surrounded by broadleaf woodland and beginning to revert to woodland.
- An open ride through tall (2m+) heath scrub.
- An area of flat open natural herb and flower rich calcareous grassland, mown periodically for hay.
- A forest track along the edge of broadleaf woodland on one side and semi-improved haymeadow on the other.
- she and her habitat (below) are in serious decline.
of a Violet Fritillary Clossiana dia (La Petite Violette).
Preuilly and Yzeures on the D104 may recognise it).