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Butterfly lovers could take Isle of Wight holidays

Wed 28 Apr 2010

Butterfly lovers could take Isle of Wight holidays

Butterfly lovers could be more tempted to take Isle of Wight holidays in the future, as an enthusiast is campaigning for an area of the island to be named the UK's first Butterfly Town.

Enthusiast Rob Wilson believes the Isle of Wight is the ideal location, as it is one of the few places that the rare Glanville Fritillary butterfly can be found in the whole of the UK.

Mr Wilson hopes to create two butterfly walks on the island, with six miles of trails around St Boniface Down, Bonchurch and Ventnor marked out in the plans he has submitted to the Isle of Wight Council.

Speaking to BBC News, he said: "It may very well be the first time it's ever been tried.

"Because we have this special micro-climate here in Ventnor we get unusual things turning up."

If Mr Wilson is successful with the proposals, the butterfly walks could become a popular attraction for people on Isle of Wight holidays, who can visit the Botanic Gardens in Ventnor after their walk. ADNFCR-3083-ID-19747137-ADNFCR

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