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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 11.1 October 1999

The Large Blue butterfly - a decade of progress

By - Jeremy Thomas

The Large Blue butterfly Maculinea arion was discovered in Britain about 200 years ago, and has since been recorded from nearly 100 sites. It generally flew in low numbers inmost locatlities, and, apart from two brief periods of expansion, experienced two centuries of almost continuous decline. The last major phase of local extinction occurred in 1955-63, leaving three or four small populations that survived until 1970, including one that lingered on until 1979.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist