THE search is on for volunteers to help conserve a rare butterfly on the Malvern Hills.

The hills are home to the only colony of grayling butterflies in Worcestershire.

The Malvern Hills Trust's close partnership with Butterfly Conservation West Midlands and Malvern Butterfly Group has resulted in a large area of bare rock being exposed, the perfect habitat for the grayling.

Conservation efforts over the last couple of years have led to an increase in the numbers of grayling butterflies recorded on the hills.

As winter approaches, it is time once again for vegetation to be cleared to prepare breeding sites for next year.

A series of work parties have been organised for those wishing to lend a helping hand.

The first volunteer work party is on Monday, October 22.

It begins at 10am from North Quarry car park. For more information, contact