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Rare Butterfly Seen In Dorset

Silver-spotted Skipper by Peter Eeles

9:13am 20th August 2014

People out walking around North Dorset you may be able to spot a very rare butterfly in the final weeks of summer.

The Silver-spotted skipper avoided extinction in the 1970s, and has been seen at Fontmell Down Reserve.

Frank Cosier from wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation, said: "This is one of the last skippers to emerge and it really is a smashing little butterfly. You get them in neighbouring Wiltshire too, but they can only be found on Ministry of Defence land there, which means you need special permission to visit."

He added: "The walk is perfect for beginners as we'll have volunteers from the Dorset and Wiltshire Branches of Butterfly Conservation helping to identify what people see. There should be plenty of other more colourful species about too, like the Chalk Hill Blue and Adonis Blue. All you need to do is turn up with some good walking boots and a packed lunch."

The charity will also be holding a guided walk on Saturday 23rd August from 11am until 3:30pm to try and spot one of the butterflies. Anyone interested should meet at the National Trust Car Park on Spread Eagle Hill.

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