Environment

International Day for Biological Diversity

Redmond Group supports International Day for Biological Diversity22nd May 2019

Redmond Group is committed to sustainability, the community, and the environment, and we proactively support the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Part of this is our privately funded work with our 5 Year Woodland Regeneration Programme, which links directly to UN Global Goal #15 – Life on Land.  

https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/biodiversity/
https://redmondgroupltd.com/our-commitments/

Summer is almost here, and we’re all looking forward to sun-shiny days, and balmy nights.  And what’s lovelier than sitting in the garden or a park, watching beautiful butterflies in the sunshine, and the mysterious moths a little later in the day.  As part of our 5 Year Woodland Regeneration Programme, we are enhancing our woodland for the benefit of butterflies and moths, as well as general biodiversity in the area.

To help us, we invited Andrew Wood, Records Collator for the Hertfordshire and Middlesex Branch of Butterfly Conservation (see below for links), to come and give us some ideas about how we could improve the woods even more.  Andrew talked with us about how we can attract and maintain a greater number and variety of butterflies and moths by creating even more diversity in our flora and habitats.  We discussed different woodland management techniques like coppicing, what we might plant, and how to link the new and established areas with “green corridors” that allow wildlife to move from one area to another. 

Andrew Waterford with an Orange Tip butterfly

Butterflies and moths are invaluable to the environment.  They are more than just part of the general food cycle, they are also pollinators, as well as serving to provide some population control for a number of plant and insect species by eating them!  The fact that they are incredibly sensitive to environmental and ecosystems changes means that they are often considered an indicator for potential impact to and problems in local environments – if changes in their numbers and habits are noticed. 

We’re excited to make the changes suggested by Andrew, and seeing our beautiful population of butterflies and moths grow in both number and species over the coming years.

Orange-tip butterflies found in our woodland

Butterfly Conservation is the National Charity dedicated to saving butterflies, moths and our environment whose president is Sir David Attenborough. 

https://butterfly-conservation.org/

Andrew’s role as Records Collator includes being the butterfly recorder for Hertfordshire, which is an appointment of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society. He is holder of the official database and its final arbiter for inclusion of all butterfly records for the county. 

Andrew has also served as the moth officer for the Butterfly Conservation branch, been Branch Chair for four years and been on the committee since 2000.

Speckled Wood butterfly found in our woodland

From 2000, Andrew was joint author of the annual Hertfordshire and Middlesex Butterfly report, sole author since 2009.

http://www.hertsmiddx-butterflies.org.uk/annual-reports.php

He is author of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society publication “ Butterflies of Hertfordshire and Middlesex” (2016), and the first comprehensive review of the status of butterflies and their environment in the two counties since the mid 1980s.

http://www.hnhs.org/publication/butterflies-hertfordshire-and-middlesex 

He also contributes short pieces to the Hertfordshire Naturalist and Entomologist’s Record journals.

Andrew maintains the Hertfordshire and Middlesex Moth Group’s website, which shows the status of all moths recorded; and represents Butterfly Conservation on the GiGL (Greenspace Information for Greater London) Advisory Group (The London area Environmental records Office).  He is also co-ordinator for Hertfordshire and Middlesex for the United Kingdom Butterfly Monitoring Scheme, Wider Countryside Butterfly Scheme and Butterflies for the New Millennium all schemes, which bring together UK wide butterfly recording and feed information to a wide range of official bodies.

Northern Winter moth larvae found in our woodland

Winner of one of the awards for outstanding volunteer – awarded by Butterfly Conservation in 2014 – and the 1875 Award in 2017 from the Hertfordshire Natural History Society.  Andrew also gives presentations on a wide range of butterfly and moth related topics to many local organisations in Hertfordshire and Middlesex and is the voluntary warden for the Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust’s Waterford Heath south heath nature reserve.  He has given advice on butterflies and moths and site management plans to a variety of land owners both privately and publicly owned.

Everything Andrew does is voluntary, and any fees he receives are donated to Butterfly Conservation.