Adopt­ing for but­ter­flies

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AN OP­POR­TU­NITY TO im­prove the habi­tat for rare but­ter­flies in Fenny Comp­ton has been seized by the War­wick­shire branch of the But­ter­fly Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety, which has adopted a stretch of the Ox­ford Canal. And with the re­cent news that more than 75 per­cent of but­ter­flies in the UK have de­clined in the past 40 years, it seems they need all the help they can get.

The group of en­thu­si­asts is keen to in­crease the num­bers of but­ter­flies in the area such as the griz­zled skip­per (pic­tured) small blue and the dingy skip­per. Set up in early Au­gust, the group have cut back over-grown veg­e­ta­tion to en­cour­age but­ter­fly-friendly plants to grow and cre­ate a ‘but­ter­fly bund’ cov­ered in colour­ful plants which of­fer egglay­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. The vol­un­teers also cleared litter and ti­died up the veg­e­ta­tion along the tow­path.

Mike Slater, a vol­un­teer con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cer with the group, said: “The stretch of canal in Fenny Comp­ton is one which our group of­ten vis­its as the habi­tat is a per­fect home for a num­ber of rare but­ter­flies. We know that if we put the ef­fort into im­prov­ing their habi­tat, we’ll be able to see an in­crease in num­bers while also making the area nicer for visi­tors to enjoy.”

Mike Slater ( left) with CRT’s John Hig­more at Fenny Comp­ton

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