This large fritillary, while relatively widespread nationally, is scarce and declining in this region. Indeed, the specimen pictured is the only one recorded within a 10km radius in 2020. They have been seen a couple of times in the small area of meadow on our SSSI. They prefer flower-rich grasslands with scrub, and the caterpillar eats species of violet. The Welly Gardens and Countryside team’s careful management of these areas allows plenty of flowers, including violets, to flourish.