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Peacock butterfly John Notman/ WSBRC

The Big Butterfly Count

18 Jul 2016

It’s no secret that British Butterflies are in trouble; 76% of the UK’s butterfly species have declined in some way since 1976. The declines are being seen across all species groups; whether migrant or resident, specialist or generalist. The factors that are driving the decline of the generalist species are not well understood. However it is widely accepted that changes to habitats as a result of land-use change is causing the decline in the more specialist species.