Race is on to save rare butterflies in county reserve

Work has begun to save two very rare species of butterfly at a Lancashire nature reserve.

Thursday, 19th April 2018, 10:30 am
Updated Thursday, 19th April 2018, 10:36 am
RSPB volunteers Cal Shipton and Connor Duhig with RSPB Estate Worker Richard Smith at work at Warton Crag nature reserve near Carnforth

Warton Crag reserve, near Carnforth, has begun a major project to cut back overgrown trees and shurbubbery which are threatening the habitat of the high brown fritillary and pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly - both of which are on the brink of extinction.

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Richard Smith, RSPB Estate Worker said: “The work began in February and is being carried out by local forestry contractors as well as a team of RSPB staff and volunteers.”

Most of the work carried out over this three year project will be coppicing. This benefits a range of wildlife but especially the rare and declining fritillary butterflies.