A good year for UK butterflies but third of species still in decline

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Conservationists warn about lowering of expectations as people forget earlier biodiversity

Last year was the third good summer in a row for butterflies and the 10th best since records began, but one-third of Britain’s species are still in long-term decline.

Conservation scientists warned against overstating the butterfly boom, saying perceptions of a “good” year have lowered in the light of plummeting insect numbers.

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