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Early Appearance For Rare Butterflies

Lulworth Skipper

8:08am 5th June 2014

Two of the south coast's rarest butterflies have made an early appearance in Dorset.

The aptly named Lulworth Skipper and the Glanville Fritillary have been spotted along the coast.

Conservationists say the milder weather is the most likely reason they're out into the open so soon.

Last year's delayed butterfly emergence was due to the coldest start to spring for half a century.

Butterfly Conservation Surveys Manager, Richard Fox explains: "Over the longer term, many butterfly species have shifted their emergence to earlier in the year in response to climate change.

"Our first encounter with a favourite butterfly species each year is a special moment to treasure, but these sightings are also important indicators of how our native wildlife is responding to changes in the environment."

Butterfly Conservation has launched the free iRecord Butterflies app, which allows users to submit their butterfly sightings and photos to form part of Butterfly Conservation's long-running national recording scheme. The results will then be used by scientists to determine how species are faring.

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