Wildlife-friendly UK farms help Duke of Burgundy butterfly numbers take flight

Wildlife-friendly UK farms help Duke of Burgundy butterfly numbers take flight

Formerly fluttering towards extinction, the species population has soared by 25% in a decade

This is the time of year when the Duke of Burgundy, a small jewel of a butterfly named after an unknown aristocrat, takes to the wing.

Ten years ago, it was Britain’s rarest butterfly, living in tiny colonies on scrubby chalk or limestone grassland. Now it has bounced back, its population surging by 25% over the decade.

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