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Signs of summer : All’s well!
Signs of summer : All’s well!

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Butterflies need a warm summer without which their numbers begin to dwindle. Data from the U.K. Butterfly Monitoring Scheme showed that eight species were at an all-time low as a result of an unsuccessful summer in 2007. The main reason behind the decline was an above average rainfall, which meant the insects had fewer chances to feed or breed. “Butterflies face mounting threats,” warned Sir David Attenborough, president of Butterfly Conservation. “Some face possible extinction.” Biodiversity Minister Joan Ruddock has said that the government would support recovery projects. “Butterflies are a vital element of the British summer,” she said. “Their numbers indicate whether or not there are problems in the countryside. Butterfly populations also indicate the speed and extent of climate change. We will provide every encouragement for those working to conserve them.”


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