[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Monday, 30 August, 2004, 08:33 GMT 09:33 UK
Trees make way for rare butterfly
Heath Fritillary butterfly (Photograph Alan Barnes - Butterfly Conservation)
The Heath Fritillary is one of Britain's rarest butterflies
Conservationists plan to clear thousands of trees on Exmoor to make room for a rare butterfly that decided to settle there.

A colony of Heath Fritillary butterflies has been found on Dunster Heath.

But experts fear they may not settle and breed because a nearby conifer plantation blocks out too much light.

So staff from Defra will clear 20 acres of trees over the coming months, the government department said.

The Heath Fritillary, distinguished by its dusky wing colours, is restricted to a few specialised habitats.

It flies close to the ground and has historically been linked with the traditional practice of woodland coppicing.

It is now one of Britain's rarest butterflies.




SEE ALSO:


RELATED BBC LINKS:

RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific