Raising the roof for Edinburgh’s butterflies

Mitie Landscapes are very pleased to be working with the Edinburgh Living Landscape project helping their efforts to create a sustainable city where both people and nature can thrive.

Edinburgh Living Landscape was created in 2012, and is a partnership between the Scottish Wildlife Trust, City of Edinburgh Council (CEC), Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust (ELGT), GREENSURGE and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Recently, Mitie Landscapes has been working with the partnership to help deliver their “a square metre for butterflies” initiative. The aim is to create a network of green roofs in the city to offer new homes to the Northern Brown Argus butterfly. The Northern Brown Argus butterfly was ever present in Edinburgh and could be seen in their droves around Arthur’s Seat. Unfortunately, they became a highly prized addition to early 19th century butterfly collectors. Un-regulated collecting along with disruption to their habitat meant that the iconic population of Northern Brown Argus butterflies had disappeared by 1869; less than 100 years after it was first discovered.

In recent years, however, things have started to look up for the once endangered species. We are now welcoming this beautiful butterfly back to Edinburgh by providing them with space, food and shelter. Mitie Landscapes have got behind the idea and, working with our local clients, we have been able to secure some space where we can grow the butterfly and caterpillar’s favourite food and erect some shelter.

The response from our clients has been fantastic with the Scottish Government, Lloyds Banking Group and Standard Life agreeing to let us use areas of their sites. What’s more, the project will cost absolutely nothing (well just a little time)! All we need is a little space – less than 2m square – and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh provide the plants, growing material and containers.

Find out more information on the Edinburgh Living Landscape project here.