Birthday competition!

On May 19th 2019 the first English born Chequered Skipper was spotted in Rockingham Forest – the first in over 40 years, following the reintroduction of this previously extinct species in 2018 from Belgian populations.

To celebrate this fantastic moment, we are launching our #ChequeredSkipperBirthday baking and card-making competition for all ages.

How to enter:

Bake a cake or create a card inspired by the Chequered Skipper


Take a photo of your entry, upload it to social media using #ChequeredSkipperBirthday and tag us in the post (under 16’s must ask a parent/carer to do this for them)

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The competition is open for entries between May 11th and May 26th 2020. 

There are two categories: Bakes and Cards.

For inspiration you can check out the Roots of Rockingham blogs to learn more about the story of the return of the Chequered Skipper Butterfly to England.


Winners in each category will receive a beautiful framed photographic print of the first English Chequered Skipper spotted in Rockingham forest and a Back from the Brink pin badge.

Dave James (Northants Butterfly County Recorder and spotter of the first English Chequered Skipper) will be judging the card competition and Rockingham Forest’s official cake connoisseur, Doug Goddard (chair of Beds and Northants Butterfly Conservation Branch) will be judging the cakes, along with the Roots of Rockingham project team. To help Doug it would be wonderful if you could include some information about the ingredients of the cakes as sadly he won’t get to taste them!

For Competition T's and C's click here

Our Outreach Officer has been experimenting with cake designs and had a go at baking a Chequered Skipper cake at home with her family and helpfully provided the list of ingredients and method - complete with stage by stage pictures!