Butterflies

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Ragged leaves, untidy corners and no pesticides: how to plant a butterfly garden
A butterfly-friendly back yard is not neat, but what is lost in nibbled leaves is made up for in fluttering colours, and an aid to conservation

Bronwen Scott

26, Nov, 2022 @7:00 PM

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Pesticide use around world almost doubles since 1990, report finds
Agricultural chemicals drive falls of 30% in populations of field birds and butterflies, says Pesticide Atlas

Arthur Neslen

18, Oct, 2022 @4:55 PM

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Number of butterflies in UK falls to lowest since surveys began
Prevalence of plastic grass and rising levels of nitrates blamed for absence of many species in urban gardens

Patrick Barkham

07, Oct, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Autumn brings rare butterflies and moths to UK shores
It has been an epic year for the convolvulus hawkmoth, with dozens sighted for the first time

Patrick Barkham

29, Sep, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Young country diary: There are butterflies walking all over me! | Nuri
Hertfordshire: It’s like a sweet tickle on your skin, but even lighter

17, Sep, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Country diary: A holly blue butterfly at the very edges of existence
Crook, County Durham: It is almost miraculous that this tiny beauty is here at all. Now it has to contend with an upset climate

Phil Gates

07, Sep, 2022 @4:30 AM

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Large blue butterfly numbers soar in Britain
Endangered species enjoys best summer in 150 years thanks to habitat restoration scheme

Patrick Barkham

25, Aug, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Scotland’s butterflies flourishing in hotter summers
Several species including red admiral show marked increase but climate crisis poses long-term threat

Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent

19, Aug, 2022 @12:08 PM

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Weatherwatch: damselflies return to UK as climate warms
The insects are among a host of species breeding in Britain again, drawn by rising temperatures

Stephen Moss

18, Aug, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Country diary: The garden is alive with insects, despite the heatwave
Allendale, Northumberland: It’s taken a lot of careful planning, but our corner of this sunny valley is teeming with bees, beetles and butterflies

Susie White

08, Aug, 2022 @4:30 AM

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Big Butterfly Count in UK begins with eyes on declining numbers
Citizen science survey should aid knowledge of populations, including that of small tortoiseshell ‘missing’ from buddleias

Patrick Barkham

15, Jul, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Officially extinct butterfly ‘making a comeback’ in UK
Large tortoiseshells breeding at Knepp, Sussex, after being officially extinct in Britain for half a century

Patrick Barkham

08, Jul, 2022 @10:40 AM

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