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Monitoring Biodiversity

PEARL BORDERED FRITILLARY (Clossiana euphrosyne).Mapping Fritillary Butterflies

Changes over time in the distribution of fritillary butterflies (pearl-bordered and small pearl-bordered) in the Weald have been digitally mapped. Once common butterflies throughout the coppice woodlands of the region, their populations have been in decline for many years and are now severely threatened. Combining the mapping exercise with information about the ecology of these species and an understanding of their population dynamics, key woodland areas have been identified where urgent action to restore coppice cycles will help stabilise and build upon the remaining populations.  By targeting effort in this way, maximum biodiversity benefit for these and other species can be obtained from management work in the woodlands of the South East.

 

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