Black Plantation Panel Unveiling – Members Only, limited spaces

June 5, 2019 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm Europe/London Timezone
Black Plantation
Bishop Auckland DL13 4HX
Anne Porter
Small Pearl Butterfly – Bob Coyle

The unveiling of an interpretation panel for the small pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly at Black Plantation (DL13 4HX) on Wednesday the 5th of June. The panel, a legacy from the late Harry Eales*, will be unveiled by Stuart Pudney head of Conservation at Northumbrian Water.

Guests are asked to meet at the main entrance (Satley / Lanchester Road) at 10.30am. From here there will be a short walk through the site for approximately ½ mile, walking boots are advisable as there is often wet ground.

Heart of Durham Project Officer Anne Porter and Dave Liddle from Butterfly Conservation will be on hand to explain the conservation work at Black Plantation, to answer any questions and it is, very much, hoped that some small pearl-bordered fritillary butterflies will be putting in an appearance too.

There is very limited parking at Black Plantation so booking is essential – please also confirm if you wish to take a place on the minibus which will be leaving Low Barns at 10.00am. Otherwise car sharing is advisable. If you require any more information please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Places are limited – to register please click the green button above.


* Harry started surveys back in 2002. He had been reviewing his data (going back to the 1960s) and realised that there was very little or no data about Northumbrian Water reservoirs. The surveys were focused on dragonflies but Harry also recorded bees, day flying moths and butterflies owing to his interest in these species as well. Harry then continued surveys on an annual basis for over a decade up to 2015. His reports were always very comprehensive and written in an informal style with recommendations that we could implement.