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Keep an eye out for rare butterfly
12:00pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
RESIDENTS have been asked to look out for a rare butterfly that is moving in to the Redditch area.
The Brown Hairstreak butterfly, usually only found in a small area of east Worcestershire, has reached Redditch.
Much to the delight of conservationists who have been monitoring the spread of the butterfly, it has been spotted in Oakenshaw South.
Local members of national charity Butterfly Conservation had previously found several eggs in Morton Stanley Park in Redditch and hope that these sightings will be followed by others in new parts of the town.
Mike Williams from Butterfly Conservation said: “It is exciting news that the Brown Hairstreak has reached Redditch and we are keen to find out, with the support of the local community, just how far into the town the butterfly has managed to colonise.
“We are working closely with Redditch Council to develop a conservation strategy which will ensure that more blackthorn is managed with the needs of the butterfly in mind.”
He added: “If anyone sees a Brown Hairstreak perhaps along a blackthorn hedgerow or near ash trees where adults often congregate, we would urge them to get in touch either by email to email@example.com or by ringing West Midlands Butterfly Conservation on 07802 274552.”
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