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UK NewsThis is the UK's most endangered butterfly

06:45  15 march  2019
06:45  15 march  2019 Source:   housebeautiful.co.uk

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This is the UK's most endangered butterfly © Andia - Getty Images The UK's most threatened butterfly, the Argynnis Adippe, has disappeared from most of England and Wales and is now confined to just four landscapes. The UK's most threatened butterfly, the Argynnis Adippe, has disappeared from most of England and Wales and is now confined to just four landscapes.

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To make Heddon Valley even more butterfly friendly, more scrub will be cleared and pathways cut through the bracken to allow the butterflies to move through the landscape. The butterflies need a relatively large area to flourish and are often found feeding more than a mile from breeding spots.

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Where can you see them at the moment?

The beautiful, brightly coloured butterfly is listed as a vulnerable species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It can often be spotted flying over the tops of bracken or in low vegetation in woodland clearings. Strongholds of the butterfly now remain on Morecambe Bay Limestones, Dartmoor and Exmoor.

This is the UK's most endangered butterfly © Andia - Getty Images The Argynnis Adippe butterfly perched on a flower What are the scientists doing to help?

'Butterfly Conservation and partners have implemented conservation management to provide more suitable habitat in the four remaining landscapes where the butterfly still persists,' explained Dr Sam Ellis of Butterfly Conservation to Discover Wildlife.

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The UK ’ s most endangered butterfly is making a bumper early appearance at a remote British habitat – confounding recent grim figures about its population. The high brown fritillary has been recorded as being ‘out’ slightly earlier than usual, and early counts suggest their numbers are on the rise

Butterflies in the UK have suffered one of their worst years on record, with 70% of all species experiencing a decline in numbers over the past year This butterfly needs a break. Butterflywatch Challenged by climate change, our most secretive butterfly could soon be getting a helping hand if a

'Monitoring has revealed the butterfly has responded positively in some landscapes, including colonising sites where it used to occur and sites where it had never before been present.'

While various changes to habitats will enable the butterflies to get all they need in order to survive, researchers say that their decline could also be down to climate change.

'Something strange is happening in the landscape around Morecambe Bay in North West England. At the same time as the butterfly responds to our management on some sites, overall high brown fritillary numbers continue to decline across the whole landscape,' continues Dr Sam.

'Our research suggests some quite profound changes are occurring to the bracken habitats here. In just 12 years, violets had declined on average by 50 per cent and the habitats had less dead bracken litter but had become more grassy.'

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