Hamearis lucina

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DUKE OF BURGUNDY FRITILLARY Hamearis lucina

A population maintains a tenuous hold n the Morecambe Bay limestone (SD47), but there is no other known locality inLancashire of Cheshire. Much The habitat is lightly wooded limestone "pavement", and much "management" work is done by the wardens of the national nature reserve at Gaitbarrows to maintain t in suitable condition. The cowslip plants on which the butterflieslay are ropedoff during the flight season to try to prevent trampling by visitors.

Not far away, at Whitbarrow in Westmorland (VC69), I have seen the species in a rather more overgrown wood, still on limestone "pavement", but where there was no sign of any hostplant.

THE THREE PERIODS COMPARED

PERIOD 1 (1940-1994) WITH RECORDING COVERAGE, ALTITUDE AND URBAN COVER

PERIOD 2 (1995-2000) WITH RECORDING COVERAGE, ALTITUDE AND URBAN COVER

PERIOD 3 (2001-2007) WITH RECORDING COVERAGE, ALTITUDE AND URBAN COVER

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