‘Extinct’ butterfly being brought back to England

The Chequered Skipper butterfly, extinct in England since the 1970s, is being reintroduced in Northamptonshire (photo courtesy of Iain Leach / www.butterfly-conservation.org
The Chequered Skipper butterfly, extinct in England since the 1970s, is being reintroduced in Northamptonshire (photo courtesy of Iain Leach / www.butterfly-conservation.org
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A butterfly species made extinct in England in the 1970s is being reintroduced thanks to a project centered around Northamptonshire’s Fineshade Woods.

The Chequered Skipper was last seen in England four decades ago but Natural England is bringing a number back to the woods.

Fineshade will be part of a nationwide project involving 20 species – all either extinct in this country or almost extinct – which are being given a new lease of life.

A spokesman for the Friends of Fineshade said: “Martin Izzard, secretary of Bedfordshire and Northants branch of Butterfly Conservation, first brought the potential for this project to our attention, and we have enjoyed working closely with him.

“A major part of the plan is to carry out habitat restoration during the winter using teams of volunteers.

“The first re-introduction of the Chequered Skipper is likely to take place next year.

“The Friends of Fineshade have already made it clear that we hope to work closely with the project team as the project gets off the ground.”

For information and updates about the project visit www.fineshade.org.uk. Alternatively, visit www.naturebackfromthebrink.org.