Nature Picture Library supports Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s work to restore the rare marsh fritillary
The marsh fritillary was once a butterfly with a strong foothold in the British Isles. During the nineteenth century, it was even known to reach plague proportions, when fields would turn black with voracious caterpillars. But times change, and today the marsh fritillary is one of the most threatened butterfly species in the UK.
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s work to restore habitat for the species is a project we are delighted to support. As well as making a donation to this excellent cause, we rolled up our sleeves and helped the Trust to plant its new reserve with devil’s-bit scabious (the food plant for marsh fritillary caterpillars).
You can read all about the project in our new blog – and also learn more about the most brightly-coloured and sociable fritillary in Britain.Nature Picture Library newsletter – 16 June, 2021.