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Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Butterfly Cocoon video can anyone tell me which butterfly it belongs to?

Here is a butterfly cocoon, can anyone tell me which butterfly it belongs to. I presume it is one of the white ones.



I hope the children get to keep their school sports field and butterfly meadow. I am not a sports fan, but I do know how important it is to keep fit and get children interested in keeping fit with all different sports activities. I hope the Council get some sort of Lottery funding for the other schools so these children keep this sports field and butterfly meadow. I personally cannot stand the competition with sports, but as my friend said, some children struggle with work at school and this is their only place to shine. So all you can do is wish them luck as every child deserves to feel special. There is a lot of pressure on kids with reading etc. My little girl struggles and hates reading, but she is one amazing artist. So I hope she will get her day to shine too!

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Tuesday, 2 August 2011

School children cried don't sell our butterfly meadow story

Here is a little not for profit story I created in the hope that it helps save Pontarddulais Primary School butterfly meadow and sports field.  The story is called "School children cried don't sell our butterfly meadow!"



SCHOOL CHILDREN CRIED DON'T SELL OUR BUTTERFLY MEADOW

Little Berry ran out of school sobbing. She cried "don't sell our school butterfly meadow." Repeating these words over and over until her tear drops had flooded her eyes that she could no longer see. As her arms touched the long grass and wild flowers she felt a sense of ease. Looking back at her friends who were also crying, she stood for a moment and started to whisper "don't worry my butterfly friends, I will save you."

A vision of colour swept the meadow as the butterflies circled the little girl and flew around her one at a time. She started to feel dizzy and lost her footing. Suddenly she was nowhere to be seen.

The children ran to the meadow to look for her, calling her name. But not a whisper or any movement could be heard. Then before their very eyes they saw thousands of butterflies appear from the long grass. It was as if they were pulling something. "That is not something cried Ocean that is Berry." Beautiful sighed Holly as she noticed the Blackberry flower dress Berry was now wearing.

As the butterflies flew Berry high above the school butterfly meadow, her new white wings shimmered in the light and she laughed "they may take our butterfly meadow, but they will not destroy our butterflies." Off they flew leaving the caterpillars and butterfly eggs behind them.

HOPEFULLY IT WILL NOT COME TO THAT!

Every year the school organises a walk to school week to promote fitness. Their school field is an essential part of school life and healthy living. I believe Pontarddulais Primary school came 2nd in a big football or rugby competition. Seriously well done guys. Coming second is just as good as coming first! Although I am not a big sports fan, I do know how important keeping fit and active is. The butterfly meadow is equally important for all our children's future. We need bumblebees and butterflies to sustain our environment. We must protect them and give our children the childhood they so deserve! I read that farmers could help the decline of bumblebees if they stopped cutting the grass and planted flower meadows. So that just shows how important the school butterfly meadow is!

Please show your support and join the Facebook Group called

When magazines and papers fail you Google and Facebook are great ways to get your message across.
Here is a message I got from Carmen Gill who is a Realtor in Virginia:

I'm a Realtor in Virginia and reading this. I wonder if the current owner would be interested if possible in placing it under some form of a conservation easement via establishing a non-profit to encourage further studies, most particularly based on the past educational benefits for the children and I'm sure therapeautic benefits. I love butterflies so this really grabbed my attention. It just seems to me they would want to do something like this rather than selling it.

Thank you! Any support and compassion will be much appreciated. And I will leave you with a little bumblebee video I created last year.



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Monday, 1 August 2011

Help wanted to save butterfly meadow on school grounds and advice on planting

Any help and advice on trying to save a butterfly meadow on school grounds would be most appreciated. I am looking for people who are experts on Butterfly Meadows and know what wild grasses and flowers attract butterflies, and which ones are on the school butterfly meadow. For me personally the evidence is there from just finding the butterfly cocoon on the long grass on the school butterfly meadow. And of course all the amazing butterflies we got to photograph, Meadow brown, Holly blue, Gatekeeper and rare butterfly Lulworth skipper, which the media are telling us to protect!


A charity that wants to save butterflies should be doing their utmost to help save a very important school butterfly meadow, so although the head office cannot help we will see what the local office has to say! The school butterfly meadow is the ideal place for butterflies because there are no harmful pest control products used on the meadow for child safety reasons. These products kill caterpillars and other important wildlife!
I have been trying to get in touch with Matt Rowlings who has a website on European butterflies, but cannot access his email address. Can anyone help?

I found a very interesting website, which recommends butterfly meadows should be cut end of October so the flowers self seed. Also mentioned the wild grasses are food for the Skipper and Meadow Brown which have been found and photographed on the school butterfly meadow.

Butterfly Meadow - don't cut until end of October

I will be back with photos of the flowers and grasses and see if you can help us with information about them. If you love butterflies please add me as your friend and together we can bring back and help protect the beauties of Mother Nature the butterfly!

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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Rare butterfly Lulworth skipper found on school butterfly meadow Pontarddulais Primary School

Yesterday I found out the Large skipper I photographed at Pontarddulais Primary School on sports day, it is actually a rare butterfly called the Lulworth skipper, which of course will be protected!


As I adore butterflies and fairies I had to ask Fairies World what they thought about the school butterfly meadow being sold off for housing. They sent me a link to a BBC website which had information on butterflies that now need protecting. On the list were the ones from our school butterfly meadow, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown and the Holly blue!

This made me search for rare butterflies and low and behold there was the Lulworth skipper, which I had wrongly named in the video as the Large Skipper (I just went on information from Gardeners World.) The photograph I took of this skipper butterfly is exactly the same as the Lulworth skipper. Can anyone help with the cocoon in the photograph above? What sort of butterfly do you think it is? 

I am now a happy bunny! But I am seriously unhappy with the Butterfly Conservation and lack of help and support they have so far shown in trying to save our school butterfly meadow. And will be cancelling my butterfly magazine subscription. And as for Marks & Spencers who are meant to be helping save our butterflies, well I will not be shopping with them again. Seriously they could not sell a lovely little postcard to raise money for our school, where all the money my end went to the school. Shame on them. No wonder our country is in the state it is, some big companies are too greedy! How businesses and charities can advertise save our butterflies and then not follow it through is beyond me! Please join the Facebook Group called Help save Pontarddulais Primary School Field. Sharon, Angie and Rhian get a big thank you from me for all their hard work in trying to save the school field.


I also wrote to Gardeners World and have not received a reply or anything so that magazine is out too. The BBC would not even help me with Sunset Bunny the Easter fairy where all the money goes to Cystic Fibrosis my end, that is 100%. This is why we live in a nasty, greedy world, because most big companies do not care about the little people. All they care about is money. Maybe that is why fighting for things like this gives me more joy than just thinking about making money! And believe me on a £350 salary a month I need to pay the bills! But something tells me when I get up to those pearly gates in heaven without going to church, I believe God will welcome me with open arms because I have shown him that I try to be a good person and help others. The one thing I have been blessed with and that is the knowledge that God really does exist.

I will leave you with the video of just some of the butterflies that live in the Pontarddulais Primary School butterfly meadow.



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