Join battle in France to stop butterfly extinction

The survival of some of nature’s most beautiful creatures is in your hands. Jane Hanks looks at how the drop in butterfly numbers can be reversed

Everyone with a garden is being asked to take action to save butterflies by helping to halt a worrying decrease in their numbers.

The Hungarian glider (Neptis rivularis) is extinct in France and, of the 253 other species, 16 are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN’s critically endangered list, with 18 more listed as endangered.

The hermit butterfly used to be seen throughout France but its population has reduced by about 30% in the last 10 years and it ...

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