How we're helping rare butterflies

Rare butterflies are doing well at our places, thanks to the work of our rangers and tenant farmers. Together, they've helped bring struggling species back from the brink.

A Marsh Fritillary rests on a Ranger's hand, Ennerdale, Lake District

Marsh fritillary, Ennerdale, Lake District 

The marsh fritillary, one of Europe’s most protected butterflies, is marching across one Lake District valley – after an innovative grazing scheme and warm weather.

Adonis Blue butterfly

Adonis blue, Rodborough Common, Gloucestershire 

The rare Adonis blue disappeared from Rodborough Common, near Stroud, for four decades. Rangers were caught by surprise when it reappeared - following years of conservation work.

Duke of Burgundy - Hamearis Lucina

Duke of Burgundy, Bradenham, Buckinghamshire 

Following a reintroduction project and decades of conservation work, rangers are seeing Britain's rarest butterfly bounce back in Buckinghamshire.

Large Blue butterfly

Large Blue, Collard Hill, Somerset 

Britain’s rarest butterfly - the large blue - is thriving in Somerset thanks to an innovative grazing regime backed by farmers and conservationists.