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Kent’s Heath Fritillary butterfly hit new highs in 2019


Wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation has revealed that one of the UK’s rarest butterflies had an exceptional year in Kent in 2019.

The Heath Fritillary, which is found in only four locations in the UK, produced a stunning spectacle in Kent’s Blean Woods, north of Canterbury. This was one of the best years on record for this threatened butterfly, with 2,292 of them being recorded on single-day counts.

The butterfly’s success is down to the combined conservation efforts of a variety of organisations including the RSPB, Kent Wildlife Trust, Forestry Commission, private woodland owners and South East Water who also own part of the Blean complex. MORE

Header image: Butterfly Conservation.

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