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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 32.8 August 2021

The Marsh Fritillary on the Lizard

By - Robin Curtis

With limited dispersal abilities and precise habitat requirements, the Marsh Fritillary has suffered greatly from fragmentation of the countryside. In Cornwall, this butterfly occupies damp grassland with an abundance its larval foodplant, Devil’s-bit Scabious – a habitat that is readily lost through either too much or too little grazing. Robin Curtis shares observations from Marsh Fritillary colonies on the Lizard, explaining how management is influencing population trends, and how innovative techniques are being used to survey larvae.  

At a recent garden party on the Lizard, in Cornwall, I was introduced to the head of a well-known conservation organisation. ‘The problem with rare butterflies’, I was informed, ‘is that they are just too fussy.’ We were discussing the Marsh Fritillary Euphydryas aurinia and, to be honest, I could understand the person’s perspective.

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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