30 species of butterflies have been recorded since the site opened to the public in July 1997. The recording of butterflies provides a wealth of data on their colonisation of this new area of land and its ecological development. The suite of species found at the Hoe is typical of chalk grassland. Butterflies are extremely valuable indicators of the state of the environment.
The Hoe has become an important area for butterflies, resident and regular migrants, with several notable species now occurring.
It has become an exciting place to see spectacular migration events, and note the change in habits and distribution of species such as the apparent successful over wintering of Clouded Yellows and the temporary colony of Small Blues.
Samphire Hoe’s butterfly corner
This stunning butterfly prefers the sheltered areas at the base of the cliff and East and west ends of the Hoe where there are colonies.
This medium-sized butterfly with bright orange wingtips and mottled green underwings can be found along the base of the cliffs at the Hoe.
These black ad white checker board butterflies are only on the wing between late June and middle of August in many parts of the Hoe.
Easily recognisable with its metallic green underside wings, it tilts its body on landing to maximise heat absorption from the sun.
Each year, it spread northwards from North Africa, recolonising Samphire Hoe and has been recorded breeding on the Hoe since 2009.
Explore a few of the 380 species of moths which fly around the Hoe at night time.More information
Discover the 220 species of birds including resident, migrant birds and summer or winter visitors.More information
Discover some other insects which can be found on the Hoe such as dragonflies and damselflies and beetles.More information