Wales has a significant proportion of north west European populations of Fritillary Butterflies. The Alun Valley in particular is a hotspot for these rare and beautiful butterflies such as the High Brown, Dark Green and Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary. The Alun Valley is part of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast project. It comprises a landscape of about 254 hectares of unimproved habitat. It provides perfect conditions for butterflies as it has a mix of bracken, different heathland and grassland types and areas of ancient woodland. This area is part of a wider project with the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Butterfly Conservation Trust to restore these amazing, delicate creatures to the wider countryside. June, July and early August are the best time to see these wonderful animals. Access is limited so contact the visitor centre.
For further information, please visit: http://www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/en/living/environment/countryside/biodiversity/action_for_biodiversity/high_brown_fritilary/the_alun_valley_project.aspx