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Rare Butterfly Gets £ 10k Grant

Garden Tiger_Ross Lawford, Butterfly Conservation

12:03am 22nd December 2013

A butterfly at risk has managed to secure over £9,000 to protect it's future in Dorset.

Durlston Country Park near Swanage has been given funds of £9,700 to restore and conserve the declining Chalkhill Blue Butterfly's natural habitat.

It's a species of Conservation Concern nationally according to the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP).

The money's come from the environmental trust, SITA's, Enriching Nature Programme, which provides funds for year long biodiversity conservation projects, that focus on priority single species or habitats.

The funding will be used mostly to remove scrub which has encroached across the limestone grasslands the butterfly needs, which includes south facing grasslands rich in the caterpillar's food plant- Horseshoe Vetch.

Conservation Ranger Simon Breeze told Wessex FM, "Durlston is a magical place for butterflies with the reserve one of the best places in the country for seeing a wide range of species. We have been very concerned to see the sad decline of the once abundant Chalkhill Blue, however thanks to funding by the SITA Trust we will be able to restore areas across the Durlston to help out this much loved jewel of the grasslands".

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