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5616.jpg?width=1200&height=1200&quality=85&auto=format&fit=crop&s=3c3379e88cae68137b949dc66d08bb31This is the time of year when the Duke of Burgundy, a small jewel of a butterfly named after an unknown aristocrat, takes to the wing.

Ten years ago, it was Britain’s rarest butterfly, living in tiny colonies on scrubby chalk or limestone grassland. Now it has bounced back, its population surging by 25% over the decade.

Last spring, one of the biggest colony of Dukes in the country was discovered by Martin Warren, the author of Butterflies: A Natural History. This was a chance find but the thriving population on chalk downland in Dorset is no accident.

The hill is farmed by John Hiscock, an organic dairy farmer who supplies Waitrose, which requires farmers to devote at least 10% of their land to wildlife.

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Sources: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/01/wildlife-friendly-uk-farms-help-duke-of-burgundy-butterflyhttps://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/wildlife-friendly-uk-farms-help-duke-of-burgundy-butterfly-numbers-take-flight/ar-BB1gfeY3?MSCC=1604478389&c=14737023196106026014&mkt=en-us

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Benji

I’m glad the UK is pushing to get native animal and insect populations bouncing back.  We have so many pretty species of birds for example, we gotta protect them :giveup:

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