THE BIG BUTTERFLY COUNT – July 15th – August 7th


Idly watching a beautiful butterfly flit across a meadow is one of life’s simple pleasures and now it’s time to perform a health check on these graceful creatures and our environment. This summer, Butterfly Conservation are organising a Big Butterfly Count between July 15th and August 7th , so why not have a wander over Rowley Fields and join in?

The Big Butterfly Count is a nationwide survey that was launched in 2010 and is now one of the biggest in the world. Over 52,000 people took part in 2015, counting over 580,000 individual butterflies and day-flying moths across the UK.

Butterflies react very quickly to adverse changes in their environment and any decline in numbers can be an early warning for other wildlife losses, helping us to understand the effects of climate change. Counting butterflies also helps to identify trends in species which in turn allows us to plan protection for those threatened with extinction.

It’s easy to take part and will only take 15 minutes of your time, preferably on a sunny day. To prepare, go to and download the handy identification chart. Next, just set aside a quarter of an hour, pop into Rowley Fields and start ticking off the number of butterfly species you see using the chart. You can then go back online to register your sightings.

There are more than 50 species of butterfly and over 2,500 types of moth native to Britain, so you’ll have a good chance of spotting plenty. The results will be collated and evaluated by Butterfly Conservation on their website soon and if you ‘do your bit’ you’ll be helping to ‘take the pulse’ of the environment.


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Oedemera nobilis

One of our members was walking the fields today Monday 20th June 2016 and was attracted to the unusually deep pink dog rose growing just outside the maze area in the dip that was the pond, she could not believe her luck at finding this glorious iridescent pollen beetle inside one of the flowers. We don’t know if he has been reported in Rowley Fields before, but our eagle eyed walker first came across him in 2009 and at that time he was new to Warwickshire according to Stephen Falk at the county museum. The beetle is truly spectacular especially when the sun shines on him. His posh name is Oedemera nobilis.

Queens Birthday Photo’s

Click the gallery button and scroll down to see a selection of photos from the Birthday celebrations.

Stratford Hospital Appeal Donation

FoRF are delighted to announce that the final figure donated to the Stratford Hospital Cancer & Eye Unit Appeal from the Friends of Rowley Fields following the Queen’s Birthday Picnic Event has increased to £500. Thank you to everyone who supported the appeal.



Queen’s Birthday Celebrations

Well what a fantastic day.

Despite the mixed weather we had 250 visitors and raised over £430 for the Stratford Hospital Cancer & Eye Unit Appeal. (In addition to £190 raised for Butterfly Conservation). 14 raffle prizes are now on their way to the winners and the field is back to normal. Thank you to everyone who supported the FoRF and thanks to everyone involved in making the day such a great success:
Brenda Cox our Guest of Honour
Stratford Town Trust (for use of the land and Communities Parties Grant)
David & Lesley Heritage – Musical Organ
Students from Stratford upon Avon School, King Edward VI School and Shottery Girls Grammar School
Quentin Willson and Ian Andrew – Car display
Penny Bowden and Julie Helps – Cake Sale
Charlotte Doran Davies – Photography
All our cake bakers and raffle prize donors
Friends of Rowley Fields for set up and close down
The Stratford upon Avon Directory – poster and advertising
Annie’s Antics – Vintage Ice Cream

So what’s next?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Friends of Rowley Fields

On Saturday 11th June 2016 we celebrate our first birthday – thanks to everyone who has made it possible, friends, members and our committee. Join us with our celebrations on Sunday 12th at the Queen’s Birthday Picnic, we look forward to seeing you there.