Rare butterfly flies high again

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A RARE butterfly has made a miraculous comeback to the South Downs.

The green hairstreak butterfly appears to be making a recovery in the South Downs thanks to the hard work of National Park rangers and volunteers.

In 2012, only 38 sightings were recorded as the species suffered a drop in numbers because of the bad weather.

But earlier this month 63 of these butterflies were recorded in West Sussex in just one day.

Emily Brennan, biodiversity lead at the National Park Authority, said: ‘We’re only one year into our programme of chalk grassland restoration and reconnection so it is very pleasing to see this early success.

‘We are working with farmers and landowners to remove invasive scrub, reintroduce grazing animals and restore these precious chalk grasslands.’

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