Posted 4th May 2018 by Peter Byrne
Nature enthusiasts in the North West are getting the chance to spot rare butterflies at an event celebrating 50 years of the Butterfly Conservation (BC)
The event, at the RSPB Leighton Moss site in Lancashire on Sunday 20 May, will allow the public to take part in a guided butterfly walk and see the declining Duke of Burgundy and pearl-bordered Fritillary, along with other butterfly species, caterpillars and moths.
The Duke of Burgundy has declined by 40 per cent across the UK since the 1970s, while the Pearl-bordered Fritillary has dipped by 95 per cent.
To start the day, there will be illustrated talks on conservation and the moths found across Arnside and Silverdale, followed by a guided walk in the afternoon.
BC’s Martin Tordoff said: "This is a rare opportunity to see these butterflies as well as learn more about moths and the conservation work taking place across Cumbria and Lancashire."
"Butterfly Conservation was founded in 1968 and this is our premier event of the year to celebrate that. Everyone is welcome to join us – just be sure to wear sturdy boots and bring a camera!"
Image courtesy of Steve Doyle