Nationally declining butterfly species thrives in Dorset

Nationally declining butterfly species thrives in Dorset

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 13th October 2019.

Marsh Fritillaries are one of the fastest declining species of butterfly in the UK, but they've found a home in Dorset.

A recent report named "the State of Nature" revealed that UK species have on average declined since 1970. The biggest contributors are thought to be climate change, urbanisation and lock of habitat management.

Butterflies have decreased by 17% across the UK.

Marsh fritillaries have been steadily increasing in number since 2011 at Dorset Wildlife Trust's Bracketts Coppice nature reserve, thanks to careful management and consistent monitoring.

Nightjars are thriving in Dorset
Nightjars are thriving in Dorset, gaining more territories over the last decade.

What's more nightjars, a species of bird, has got more territories in Dorset than it did 10 years ago, despite the loss of habitats across the country through urbanisation.

Dorset Wildlife Trust is trying to reverse the decline of insects in Dorset, with over 4,000 people pledging to do at least one thing in their gardens to help create food, habitat and shelter for pollinators.

DWT's Chief Executive, Dr Simon Cripps said:

"Whilst the picture for wildlife in the UK continues to look bad with serious declines, the report does show that it is possible to turn the declines around. Th

"Thanks to the support of our members and donors we have been able to protect wildlife on land and sea where we have control or influence.

"This State of Nature Report shows that the new Environment, Fisheries and Agriculture Acts need to encourage more action to make the UK into a country where wildlife and livelihoods thrive, across whole landscapes and in our seas."