Butterfly Conservation said opening the reserve in Morecambe Bay could secure the future of the critically-endangered high brown fritillary
, which has seen its numbers tumble by almost half in the past decade on top of long-term declines.
Steve Clarke, from Butterfly Conservation, said: "The marsh fritillary
is a rare and beautiful species which was present in Ennerdale until around 30 years ago when it became extinct.
The award-winning conservation program at Fort Indiantown Gap is among the best in the nation and the Regal Fritillary
butterfly colony has thrived as a result of our intense natural resources management program," said Lt.
And we are now at a stage where the improved habitat would have been of benefit to the marsh fritillary
He said many Pearlbordered Fritillary
had been seen this year at Tytherley.
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Mr Jones claimed that some devils bit scabious, the caterpillar food-plant of the marsh fritillary
butterfly, had also been pulled out of the ground.
Other rare species including the pearl-bordered fritillary
, the high brown fritillary
and the wood white continued to struggle after severe declines in the past 30 years.
A new waterside fence will help to protect the flowers and create a habitat for a Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary
colony at Tow Law.
Soldiers aren't the only inhabitants at the installation, however; it turns out that there is no better place for the rare, regal fritillary
Before the late 1990s, when there were only a few cattle present on the reserve, the marsh fritillary
was more abundant.
In the fragile world of butterflies, the small pearlbordered fritillary
is one of the nation's winged gems.
Vandals cut fences at five points across Aberbargoed Grasslands, which is a special area of conservation, particularly for the breeding of the Marsh Fritillary
Other threatened species include the bee orchid, spider orchid, snake's head fritillary
and meadow saffron.
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