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Butterflies spotted early on Isle of Wight

Mon 21 May 2012

Butterflies spotted early on Isle of Wight

Tourists on Isle of Wight holidays may have seen butterflies during their time on the island, with sightings coming earlier in the year than expected.

According to Butterfly Conservation, the "wild" spring weather has led to the creatures coming out quicker than anticipated.

The mild winter and the warm March led to the Small Blue being spotted on the Isle of Wight on March 30th, with this species generally not being sighted until a month later than this date.

Richard Fox, butterfly conservation surveys manager, explained the weather this spring may mean butterfly numbers for next spring are adversely affected as a result.

"Last year we had a hot spring and a poor summer. This year we're having a poor spring, so let's hope the summer is better," he said.

Individuals interested in butterflies could head to Butterfly and Fountain World on the Isle of Wight, which is home to thousands of the creatures in their natural environment.

Posted by Carla WinterADNFCR-3083-ID-801366797-ADNFCR

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