Alison, our Forest Ranger at Blackwood is a forest school practitioner and early years educator. Her background is in Countryside and Wildlife Management and she has taught practical habitat management at Sparsholt College. She is passionate about the benefits that the beautiful woodlands at Blackwood Forest can bring to everyone.
Alison has a particular interest in butterflies and is very pleased that Blackwood Forest hosts the Purple Emperor butterfly.
The Purple Emperor is a regal sounding butterfly, but it does have a rather revolting desire in taste! They tend to feast in the morning on salts found in gravel, dog faeces, rotting meat and other pretty disgusting items!