Brownfield Butterflies at Johnson Matthey's Phoenix site, Billingham

Summary

This informal field visit will focus on finding Brown Argus butterflies but will also record other flora and fauna that are present on this brownfield site. It will be led by Martin Partridge, Research & Development Director for Johnson Matthey, who is also secretary of Butterfly Conservation Yorkshire. This is a joint event organised by Butterfly Conservation and the CIEEM North East England Section Committee.

Description

Johnson Matthey owns a large area of former industrial land in Billingham, around 2ha of which is managed as a biodiversity area. The biodiversity area includes classic “brownfield” habitats and a mature, mixed plantation shelter belt. The butterfly species list for the biodiversity site currently stands at 25, the highest in the Tees Valley and includes regionally significant species such as Dingy Skipper, White Letter Hairstreak, Grayling, and what is currently the only known breeding population of Brown Argus in the North East.

This informal visit is the third in a series of visits to site and will focus on finding Brown Argus butterflies, but will also record other flora and fauna that are present on this brownfield site. It will be led by Martin Partridge, Research & Development Director for Johnson Matthey, who is also secretary of Butterfly Conservation Yorkshire.

Knowledge Level

Suitable for all

Prior Knowledge

Basic butterfly identification skills would be advantageous

Refreshments

Please bring your own refreshments as required.

Bookings

This event is open to both CIEEM Members and non members and is free to attend. However, advance booking is essential as places are limited. Please book your ticket below.

Tickets

Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 Pay on Door
Non Member Ticket 1 Pay on Door