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The Large Blue: Back in Britain

by Butterfly Conservation
Date: 08/01/2012

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After a period of dramatic decline, the Large Blue butterfly became extinct in Britain in 1979. Remarkably, it has risen from the ashes thanks to a long-term project backed by Butterfly Conservation.

The recovery has been almost 30 years in the making, after Large Blues were reintroduced back into Britain from healthy colonies in Scandinavia. It has involved painstaking scientific research, led by Butterfly Conservation's Vice-President, Professor Jeremy Thomas, to uncover their bizarre lifecycle - caterpillars live underground in a specific species of ants’ nests, eating their grubs.

The Large Blue has made fantastic progress, particularly in the Polden Hills, Somerset, where the butterfly's recolonisation is considered to be one of the world's most notable conservation successes.

The future for the Large Blue looks bright, but only if the programme of intensive habitat restoration, site management and reintroductions can continue, and that relies on funding.

You can support this project by making a small but valuable donation via the JustGiving web site.

If you have any questions or require more information about this press release, please contact Butterfly Conservation by email.

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Notes For Editors
Butterfly Conservation is the largest conservation charity of its type in Europe with over 13,000 members in the UK. Its aim is the conservation of butterflies, moths and their habitats. It runs conservation programmes on over 60 threatened species of butterfly and moth, organises national butterfly recording and monitoring schemes, and manages over 30 nature reserves.

Further information at: www.butterfly-conservation.org