West Sussex, 5 May 2016
My first this season ...
The beautiful but vulnerable Pearl-bordered Fritillary.
Once considered common and widespread, including throughout my home county of West Sussex, the Pearl-bordered Fritillary is now one of our most-threatened species. The cessation of coppicing which resulted in the loss of suitable habitat is believed to be one of the major causes of this drastic decline. Conservation efforts have therefore focused on habitat management and there have been a number of success stories. However, this butterfly is still declining and, as such, continues to be a priority species for conservation efforts.