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2020 Good Year for Butterflies

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Results from the annual UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS)

2020 was hailed as a 'good' year for butterflies according to the latest results from the annual UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme, but conservation scientists warn that our view of what is 'good' might be shifting

It was the third good year in a row for the UK's butterflies, ranking 10th best (averaged across all species) since the scheme began in 1976.

Nevertheless, almost half of our butterfly species (27 of 58 species) were recorded in below average numbers last year, and conservation scientists are considering how the view of what makes a good year has changed.

Butterfly Conservation's Associate Director of Recording and Monitoring, Dr Richard Fox, explains: "Perhaps because of the warm sunny spring weather last year and the fact that more people were enjoying nature as part of their day-to-day activities than ever before, butterflies seemed more numerous. But in fact, our baseline experience of the nature around us has changed over time.

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