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PUBLISHED: 17:25 15 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:09 20 February 2013

White admiral

White admiral

THIS summer, butterflies and other wildlife in Balls Wood Nature Reserve near Hertford could be taking advantage of improvements in their habitat. The 55-hectare site is recognised as one of the best in the area for the...

THIS summer, butterflies and other wildlife in Balls Wood Nature Reserve near Hertford could be taking advantage of improvements in their habitat. The 55-hectare site is recognised as one of the best in the area for the white admiral as well as many other butterflies and also has a range of interesting flora including the wild service tree, the rare herb paris, various orchids and violets. An area of the wood which had become virtually impassable with overgrowing trees, scrub and shrubs, has recently been handed over to HMWT to manage. Too much vegetation of this sort creates dense shade which inhibits the growth of most wildflowers - which would ordinarily provide food and shelter for many creatures, in particular the butterflies. In January and February, Groundwork Hertfordshire's Green Team helped clear some of the overgrowth whilst learning woodland management techniques. The Green Team is a new volunteering training and development programme organised by Groundwork Hertfordshire for unemployed young people to train in outdoor environmental work towards a City & Guilds Land Based Studies qualification.

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