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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 11.2 December 1999

Snowdonia's Sliver-studded Blues

By - James Robertson

In a secluded corner of the Snowdonia National Park, an isolated population of the Silver-studded Blue butterfly Plebejus argus thrives. It is the only remaining northern colony occupying a wet peatland site, and is some miles from Silver-studded Blue localities on the Anglesey coast and the Great Orme. Althogh easy to confuse at first glance with the Common Blue Polyommatus icarus, the Silver-studded is extremely sedentary, highly gregarious and hard to miss when flying at mating; so it is surprising that it was over-looked for so long. Its story illuminates some important general conservation principles, and is a good illustration of the law of unintended consequences.

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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