Work has begun to save two very rare species of butterfly at a Lancashire nature reserve.
Warton Crag reserve, near Carnforth, has begun a major project to cut back overgrown trees and shurbubbery which are threatening the habitat of the high brown fritillary and pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly - both of which are on the brink of extinction.
Richard Smith, RSPB Estate Worker said: “The work began in February and is being carried out by local forestry contractors as well as a team of RSPB staff and volunteers.”
Most of the work carried out over this three year project will be coppicing. This benefits a range of wildlife but especially the rare and declining fritillary butterflies.