bumper year for Britain's butterflies due to warmest spring for 351 years.
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Tue Jun 7 06:08:57 EDT 2011
FYI, Mike Quinn, Austin
Warm spring brings bumper year for Britain's butterflies
By Sarah Morrison
*Tuesday, 7 June 2011*
British butterflies are expected in spectacular abundance this year, with
more than a quarter of all species native to the isles having made their
earliest recorded appearances as a result of the warmest spring for 351
Fifteen British butterfly types have appeared weeks before they would have
done a decade ago, with conservationists already comparing 2011 to 1893, a
landmark for early sightings of the insects.
Of the 59 resident and regular migrant species, 53 have been seen, an
occurence called "exceptional" by Butterfly Conservation's chief executive
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