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As from the start of this 2007, butterflies have become an import indicator to Government of how well various UK Government, EU and world initiatives on bio-diversity are progressing. By recording sightings of butterflies over a period of a number of years the trends in the numbers indicate the progress or lack of it in managing the local environment. Butterflies have been chosen as their fragile life cycle leads to rapid and sensitive response to both habitat and climatic changes. Recent analysis of distribution data shows that in Britain butterflies are declining in number more rapidly than either birds or plants.

The 2007 Bio-diversity Minister Barry Gardiner recently said “Butterflies are so sensitive to change that they tell us what is happening in entire habitats around the country”.

If you would like to help monitor the butterflies seen in and around Belper by recording the butterflies seen in your own garden, please contact us via the e-mail form on the Contact Us page.

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