Butterflies at Danes Moss
Danes Moss is a great place for finding butterflies. 24 species out of 27 species known to breed in Cheshire have been recorded across the whole Moss so far which makes it a biodiversity hotspot for them in Cheshire East (21 have now been recorded in the area at risk of development). Some species can be found all summer but others have specific times when they are on the wing. Sunny days with little or no wind are best.
All 23 species are listed below. Clicking on the image will open a new page showing photo observations of them from Danes Moss.
Sadly, many of the UK’s butterfly populations are declining – a key factor contributing to this is habitat loss. Restoration of the area of Danes Moss at risk of development could help increase the abundance of butterflies across the whole of Danes Moss and help reverse this decline in Cheshire East.
The ecology reports produced as part of the planning process are inadequate. They have not identified the key species in need of protection. Knowledge of their presence is required and is of great importance so that the impact of future development can be avoided or mitigated. There are two legally protected species of butterfly which will be impacted by any development at Danes Moss that are listed as ‘Section 41 (S41) Species of Principle Importance’ whereby Cheshire East Council is required by law to demonstrate its duties to conserve biodiversity.*
The Dingy Skipper in particular has an IUCN** status in the UK of ‘Vulnerable’, this means it is at risk of not just disappearing in Cheshire East but the whole of the UK – more evidence that the proposed development of Danes Moss is of national significance.
* According to the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006
** International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Considered one of the world’s most authoritative nature conservation bodies.