Off road cyclists having detrimental effect on rare butterflies

According to the South Downs National Park Authority, it seems like off-road motorcyclists may be causing serious damage to rare species of butterflies between Newtimber Hill and Beeding Hill, a protected downland area which is getting damaged by all of the off-road activities that go on in this region.

A 23 year old man was recently issued a warning for going in the restricted zone and causing such damage as the authorities try hard to clamp down on these types of off-road activities. They are now appealing the public to help them by reporting any bikers who go there in order to help the site and the insects living there.

The downland lies in the South Downs National Park, which has been classified as a protected area for three rare species that live there, including the juniper scrub, calcareous woodland and chalk grassland. The illegal use of off-road bikes in the region is causing a big problem, according to Carole Mortimer, Natural England’s adviser to regulations. She appealed to the public in a press conference recently to help the police catch those criminals who involve themselves in this.

The problem is that to help manage these habitats, the site has to be grazed, which means that bikes not only destroy the habitat itself but it can have an impact on animal welfare which in turn leads to an economic impact on farmers and the tourism industry. Sussex police is awaiting any report of off-world bikers seen in this region. Meanwhile, the conservation officers are working to restore what gets destroyed by the off-roaders.