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County seeks butterfly spotters
Silver studded blue: picture - Butterfly Conservation
The silver studded blue is doing well at Llysfaen
A free workshop will be held on Sunday to show people how to spot the different types of butterflies which live in the county of Conwy.

After the workshop people will be encouraged to log butterfly sightings so that numbers and types can be logged and help towards saving species.

Volunteers are also needed to take part in a butterfly survey at Mynydd Marian nature reserve near Llysfaen.

The first survey last year recorded 18 different types of butterfly.

Saving the species

Leading the workshop will be Jan Miller from Butterfly Conservation, who said identifying the butterflies was the first step in saving the species from dying out.

A survey at the Marian Nature reserve last year found the rare silver studded blue butterfly was going from strength to strength, after being reintroduced to the area from the Great Orme in Llandudno.

It is hoped those attending the workshop will get to see an example of the silver studded blue in the wild, but not until they have done some work in the classroom.

Jan Miller Butterfly Conservation
Jan Miller said monitoring is the first step to saving butterflies

"During the workshop I will be explaining to people how to spot different butterflies, showing similar ones and a diagnostic way to spot the difference between them, then we will be going for a walk to spot a few butterflies," said Ms Miller.

Butterfly spotters will also be taught how to "walk a transect," which is a scientific way to monitor butterflies in an area.

The first butterfly conservation reserve in Wales was at Eyarth Rocks near Ruthin.

The conservation work there has resulted in "quite an exciting increase" of the pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly, said Ms Miller, a species which is in steep decline elsewhere in Britain.

She said that monitoring was the way forward to save butterflies, as the more people knew about them the more they could do to save them from dying out.

"It is very sad they're dying out due to habitat loss, and recording them is the first step to protecting them," she added.

The butterfly identification workshop will be held on Sunday from 1400 - 1730pm BST at Llysfaen village hall.

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