Shropshire

Wyre Forest woodland cleared for rare butterfly

Pearl-bordered Fritillary Image copyright Iain H Leach
Image caption Numbers of the Pearl-bordered Fritillary have been in decline since the 1950s

Two areas of a Shropshire woodland have been cleared in an attempt to help the survival of a rare butterfly.

Wyre Forest is home to a colony of the nationally scarce Pearl-bordered Fritillary.

The Butterfly Conservation charity said parts of the wood were becoming too shady for butterfly food plants and nectar sources.

A team of six tree surgeons have spent three days clearing the Kinlet and Wimperhill areas of the forest.

The charity said numbers of the Pearl-bordered Fritillary have been in decline since the 1950s, making it one of the country's most endangered butterflies.

The clearance is also expected to provide a better habitat for the adders living in the forest.

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