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Spot rare butterfly on Isle of Wight holiday

Tue 10 Aug 2010

Spot rare butterfly on Isle of Wight holiday

Wildlife lovers heading to the Isle of Wight may be able to catch a glimpse of the rare pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly.

The orange and black butterfly was at risk of becoming extinct, but thanks to extensive work by the Forestry Commission its numbers are beginning to increase, the Isle of Wight County Press reported.

A scheme of habitat management was carried out by the organisation at Parkhurst Forest near Newport, which has allowed the population of the woodland butterfly to thrive again.

Getting its name from the white edge of 'pearls' that line the outside of its wings, it is thought the creature - which was once a staple of woodlands in the south of England - saw its numbers fall following poor forestry management.

Visitors to the Isle of Wight who enjoy the great outdoors were recently advised by The Camping and Caravanning Club to try taking a holiday in the UK this year instead of heading off aboard.

Posted by Louise Parkes  ADNFCR-3083-ID-800018522-ADNFCR

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