Rare butterfly returns to Bradenham valley

Thursday 1 August 2013

The National Trust has successfully re-introduced the rare Duke of Burgundy butterfly to two sites in the Bradenham valley near High Wycombe.

Three years ago the Trust harvested eggs from a Duke of Burgundy colony in the Ivinghoe Hills and from these adult butterflies were released at Small Dean Bank and Park Wood in the Bradenham valley in 2011. Work was also done to ensure the habitat at these sites is suitable for the butterfly's lifecycle. It is all proving successful as His Grace the Duke of Burgundy, to use its full grand name, is increasing in number.

This is a great local conservation success story for a species which on a national scale is one of the most rapidly-declining butterflies in the UK.

Watch the video clip below to see Duke of Burgundy butterflies at Bradenham and hear Matthew Oates, the National Trust's butterfly expert, describe their comeback story.



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