Circuit Webteam: August 2020
In May this year members of Stonehouse Methodist Church took some photos of the church garden showing where they had left the edges of the lawn unmowed to encourage wildlife as part of their Eco Church land management scheme. At that time they found a few bees and pollinators buzzing around the yellow flowers.
Fast forward two months and they were thrilled to see several butterflies flitting about on the increased variety of now quite tall grasses and wild flowers. Great news for their Eco Church land management scheme. By having the beech hedge and grass strip they have the created the perfect habitat for the Gatekeeper butterfly.
The Gatekeeper Butterfly
As its English names suggest, the Gatekeeper (also known as the Hedge Brown) is often encountered where clumps of flowers grow in gateways and along hedgerows and field edges and can be found where tall grasses grow close to hedges, trees or scrub. Typical habitats are along hedgerows.
Favourite nectar sources include Wild Marjoram, Common Fleabane, Ragwort and Brambles. Caterpillar food plants include various grasses such as bents, fescues, meadow-grasses and common couch.
Source: Butterfly Conservation
You may also be interested in
The Circuit Welcome Service for Revds Rachel Hope, minister at Amberley, Chalford Hill, Randwick, Stonehouse and Stroud St Albans churches, and Wendy Tucker, minister at Cirencester Ashcroft, Fairford United and South Cerney United churches took place at Ashcroft Church on Sunday 30 August. Led by the Circuit Superintendent Revd John Hellyer and District Chair, Revd Dr...
The Circuit Farewell Service for Revd Jayne Taylor, minister of South Cerney United, Fairford United and Cirencester Ashcroft churches took place at Ashcroft Church on Sunday 23 August. Led by the Circuit Superintendent Revd John Hellyer it included 'My Lighthouse' and 'Amazing Grace' as pieces of music that were played. You can watch the farewell service http...
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, The Methodist Church has published a service to mark our return to public worship called "Beyond Exile". A lot of people have drawn on the Old Testament accounts of the experience of Israel in exile in trying to make sense of what has been happening over the past few months as we have been unable to use our buildings. There is a danger in...