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14 March 2012

Rare butterflies in Cornwall start to return in numbers

The protection of Britain’s rarest butterflies is the chief aim of a conservation project conducted by the Butterfly Conservation, The Duchy of Cornwall, Natural England and the Tamar Valley AONB underway in Cornwall.

Thanks to the creation of ‘butterfly corridors’ and the revival of traditional woodland management, a survey of Heath Fritillary butterflies has shown they might be making a comeback in Cornwall.

Considered a threatened species both in the UK and Germany, it is mostly found throughout the Palaearctic from Western Europe to Japan in heathland, grassland, and in coppiced woodland.

The stunning sight of hundreds of butterflies flittering around the Cornish countryside is one of the great British images and is a popular feature for many walkers and wildlife adventurers embarking on the many beautiful treks available throughout the county.

A wonderful wildlife walk is just one of the activities available to any of those thinking about staying in one of the beautiful cottages in Cornwall for their British vacation this year.

Image courtest of Flickr user david.nikonvscanon

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