Thursday, April 09, 2009

Butterflies not doing so well either.

For 12 species of butterfly 2008 was their worst year since records began in the mid 1970s. Orange Tip and Small Tortoiseshell have dwindled rapidly in recent years, and for some species, there are parts of the country where they are now extinct. Being sensitive indicators of habitat and meterological changes these findings serve to add to the gloomy global picture of a changing world.
You can help by documenting and reporting all of your butterfly sightings (whilst doing that survey or Atlas roving record) and sending them into either your local Records Centre or direct to Butterfly Conservation. If you wish to be more involved Oxford University are recruiting volunteers to actually rear (and release) some butterfly species (Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock) in order to record hatching failure rates and/or wasp infestations of caterpillars (see:


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