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Project supports rare butterflies

High Brown Fritillary
The High Brown Fritillary is a species of concern (pic: Dr Jennifer Newton)

A project to help protect and enhance the habitat of some of Lancashire's rare butterflies is being planned.

Volunteers at Warton Crag near Lancaster, will focus on helping the rare High Brown Fritillary, listed as a species of conservation concern.

It lays its eggs within dead bracken close to its main larval food source, violets.

Work will concentrate on encouraging the growth of the flowers and the management of bracken at the site.

The scheme, organised by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, has been set up with the help of money from the Lancashire Environmental Fund.

The trust said the aim of the habitat management project was to "enable the site to support larger and more viable populations" of the species.

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