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Conservationists may be forced to relocate cold-loving butterflies over next 50 years, study reveals


Some of Europe’s native butterflies may have to be moved to colder climes if they are to survive global warming, a new study suggests.

The University of York study tracked the impact of changes in climate on the genetic diversity of the mountain ringlet butterfly over the 21,000 years since the last ice age.

The study suggests that future conservationists may have to evacuate some populations of butterflies to cooler habitats, higher up in mountains or further north in places including Scotland, Scandinavia and the Alps. MORE

Header image: A mountain ringlet butterfly. Credit: Melissa Minter, University of York.