"Both the marsh fritillary
butterfly and dormice have European protections and are not just considered of importance here in the UK.
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"And we are now at a stage where the improved habitat would have been of benefit to the marsh fritillary
In 2003, when I first became interested in the marsh fritillary
, there were five known colonies in and around Harlech.
Although the area is best known for its open heathland and pine forest, within the forest lies an important habitat for the small pearl-bordered fritillary
It boasts many species of butterfly, including small pearl-bordered fritillary
, grizzled skipper, dingy skipper and green hairstreak.
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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.
"As well as being important habitats in their own right they have also, in the past supported rare species of butterfly such as the green hairstreak and small pearl-bordered fritillary
SNAKE'S HEAD FRITILLARY
Also known as the snake's head lily, Fritillaria meleagris is a British native wildflower that used to be widespread in water meadows.
Vandals cut fences at five points across Aberbargoed Grasslands, which is a special area of conservation, particularly for the breeding of the Marsh Fritillary
Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) are designated due to the presence of one or more special feature - habitat such as a broadleaved woodland; a species suchas themarsh fritillary
butterfly; or a geological feature.
Other threatened species include the bee orchid, spider orchid, snake's head fritillary
and meadow saffron.
winged wonder The contrasting bright colours of the Dark Green Fritillary
with its wings closed (above) and when they are open (below) spotter Jill Lucas garden guests: Recent visitors the Marbled White (left) and the Camberwell Beauty A Dark Green Fritillary
- of many colours - spotted in Huddersfield!
"Many previously more abundant butterflies such as the high-brown fritillary
, pearlbordered fritillary
and marsh fritillary
are all limited to a few sites in Wales.