|The Wood White is one of the fastest declining butterflies in the UK and since 2007,
a Priority Species in the national Biodiversity Action Plan. The butterfly suffered
a 65% decline in distribution between 1970-82 and 1995-2004 and on monitored sites,
populations declined by 64% between 1977 and 2004. These declines are ongoing.
Mounting concern about the plight of the Wood White led to plans being developed
for a National Recovery Project (led by Butterfly Conservation staff and volunteers),
which resulted in the production of a site dossier in 2010, providing a snapshot
of the current distribution and status of the Wood White. Only 50 extant sites were
identified, 13 (26%) of which may already have recently lost their colonies. The
Yardley-Whittlewood Ridge wooded landscape of Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire
represent one of the few remaining strongholds, with nine sites (nearly 20% of the
national total). The following woods are included in this project Bucknell Wood,
Hazelborough Forest, Whitefield Wood, Sywell Wood and part of Yardley Chase. Five
out of the six sites are managed by the Forestry Commission who have also contributed
towards this project.