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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 27.2 December 2015

Conserving Britain's fastest-declining butterfly

By - Russel Hobson, Sam Ellis, Nigel Bourn, Caroline Bulman, Rachel Jones, Ian Middlebrook, Jenny Plackett, Richard Smith, Martin Wain, Dave Wainwright, Martin Warren

The authors review the current status and conservation of the High Brown Fritillary in England and Wales.

The High Brown Fritillary Argynnis adippe holds the unenviable status of Britain’s most threatened butterfly. This species has undergone a distribution decline from pre-1995 levels of 96%, to just 19 10km squares in 2010–14 (Fig. 1). This decline is also mirrored by a 20-year (1994–2014) downward population trend of 86%, as measured by the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme. 

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

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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