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Have Two Wet Summers Rendered the Butterfly Extinct?

Posted by seumasach on April 8, 2009

Cailean Bochanan

8th April, 2009

If any of you thought that the Great British sense of humour might be going the way of its economy(and its butterflies) here is some reassurance. The Independent, no less, has launched a “Great British Butterfly Hunt”, a heartwarming initiative to divert us from our economic travails, by hunting for butterflies, “inviting you, the readers, to join us, and to see how many you can observe for yourselves. As the different species emerge at different moments of the spring and summer, we will be offering extensive guidance on identification and on how to find them. Some may well be in your back garden or local park. Others, especially the rarities, may involve a journey – albeit to the most beautiful parts of Britain.”

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Save Our Butterflies!

Posted by smeddum on February 22, 2009


More than 50 MPs have signed an Early Day Motion tabled by the MP Bob Russell, who represents Colchester and is a long-time Butterfly Conservation member.

It states that:

this House registers its deep concern at the decline in the butterfly population, with numbers reported by the charity Butterfly Conservation to be at their lowest for 25 years, with the small tortoiseshell showing the biggest decline of 81 per cent; congratulates the thousands of volunteers who each year provide information for the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme operated by Butterfly Conservation and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology; welcomes the comments of Sir David Attenborough, President of Butterfly Conservation, who is promoting an appeal to raise funds for the charity’s Stop Extinction Appeal; and calls on the Government to promote cross-departmental policies to assist in safeguarding Britain’s butterflies



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Environmentalists of every shade have an answer: throw money at research. That is not exactly an answer. It dismisses everything
of substance that has been said previously, out of hand.
For example; will any of this money be earmarked to look at the effects of electromagnetic radiation on our environment? Read the rest of this entry »

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