See how many different types of butterfly you can find (download ID chart, with best sites and times to see them)
Snailbeach is important for its habitats and wildlife and is part of the Stiperstones Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The variety of habitat along with the areas of spoil from mining have given rise to a valuable and unusual mosaic that supports a range of rare insects, butterflies and moths such as the Grayling butterfly which relies on the network of mine sites covering this part of the Stiperstones.
Learn more about many beautiful butterflies at the Butterfly Conservation website.
Butterfly Conservation have produced two guides for Shropshire: A South Shropshire guide, with an identification chart and data on butterflies which may be found in South Shropshire and an identification guide for butterflies and day-flying moths of the Meres and Mosses, an area which covers North-east Shropshire and parts of Staffordshire and Cheshire.
The grayling is a true master of disguise. When basking on the gravelly substrate with their wings closed, they are perfectly camouflaged. As a defence mechanism they can flick the forewing out of the way to reveal the eye spot.