The population of High Brown Fritillaries in Britain has declined rapidly, due to changes in woodland management and, more recently, the abandonment of marginal hill land. But one charity hopes to save this precious winged insect. HARRY SHEPHERD from the National Trust reports
The Hope Farm Bird Index has more than trebled between 2000 and 2017. Butterfly numbers on the farm have also increased by 213 percent. But during the same period the Farmland Bird Index nationally has decreased. JACK ALEXANDER reports
Butterfly populations are an important gauge of the health of local habitats and wider climate change. Faye Dobson explains what population changes mean, and how you can get involved in helping monitor them.
As reform of the EU's agriculture policy gets underway, Miles King of the Grassland Trust tells Matilda Lee how intensive farming has all but destroyed England's 'rainforests' and why it's time we started asking for more from our farmers