The Coast Project has had an excellent response from two schools in the catchment area of Hendon, Grangetown and Ryhope who are keen to help with the project’s conservation and educational aims. St Paul’s CE Primary in Ryhope are currently working on a long-term project involving the restoration of a locally extinct butterfly, while Valley Road Academy in Hendon are working on promoting awareness of our existing rarities with an art project.
Miss A. Wadge and her Year 4 class from St Paul’s are attempting to bring back to the area one of our iconic butterfly’s, the Northern Brown Argus, known locally as the Durham Argus butterfly. This butterfly was once found on the Ryhope cliff tops, but sadly, it has not been recorded for some time now. Year 4 have successfully been growing Rock Rose plants from seeds; Rock Rose is the food plant of the Durham Argus Caterpillar.