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Small Heath

Coenonympha pamphilus
2 July 1994 24 May 1999


The Small Heath is a grassland butterfly which is usually found on large areas of grassland, and much less often on roadside verges and woodland rides than the other common grassland species. Several grass species are used as larval foodplants.

Conservation Issues

The species has become less common in our area in recent years, as can be seen from the distribution map. There is still plenty of apparently suitable habitat.

Flight Period

Mostly from mid May to late June, with lower numbers through to about the end of August from a partial second generation.


Mainly in the Cotswolds and Forest of Dean, but also on suitable habitat elsewhere in our area.