Brading Butterfly Walk
Created in 1994 by Brading Town Council and the Isle of Wight Council Countryside Section the butterfly walk links existing footpaths, joining places of interest and encompasses a variety of different habitats important to a wide range of butterfly and moth species.
Abandoned chalkpits are a popular haunt for some butterfly species and can support some fine colonies. Particular species to look out for are Chalkhill Blues, Small and Common Blues and Wall Browns, they all like to bask in the sunshine. Brading down has a number of disused chalkpits like the one you see here.
Of all habitats Chalk downland supports the widest variety of species per square metres and is a highly valuable habitat for many species of butterfly.
Secondary woodland springs up naturally when land is no longer grazed, cultivated or worked by man such as here in the butterfly walk. Woodland also supports a wide variety of butterfly and moth species. Certain species like shade, others prefer glades or clearing, whilst many others thrive along the woodland edges.