Ryton Pools Country Park Blackthorn Planting

Blackthorn planting

Date: April 2018

Who: Country Park staff and volunteers

Summary: 1km of blackthorn planting as new hedges and bolstering older plantings. Blackthorn is the larval food-source for the Brown hairstreak butterfly, now rare in the county. The adult butterfly lays its eggs near the tips of 1-2 year growth so that spring growth is available to next year’s caterpillars. Sensitive management of these blackthorn hedges will provide a vital refuge for the species.