Robin Curtis

The Marsh Fritillary on the Lizard

With limited dispersal abilities and precise habitat requirements, the Marsh Fritillary has suffered greatly from fragmentation of the countryside. In Cornwall, this butterfly occupies damp grassland with an abundance its larval foodplant, Devil’s-bit Scabious – a habitat that is readily lost through either too much or too little grazing. Robin Curtis shares observations from Marsh

The Glanville Fritillary: a disappearing gem?

Recent research has cast light on the fluctuating fortunes of one of Britain’s rarest butterflies, and the author believes that, without further study and follow-up conservation action, the Glanville Fritillary could be the next species to disappear from this country. Back in the 1970s, the eminent lepidopterist Jeremy Thomas was interviewed for Radio Times. He

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