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Uploaded on Jul 30, 2007
Prees Heath Common Reserve, the last refuge in the whole of the Midlands for the Silver-studded Blue butterfly, was officially opened on Wednesday 4th July by Dr Martin Warren, Chief Executive of Butterfly Conservation.
The Reserve was purchased last year by Butterfly Conservation following a campaign to save the site involving Prees Heath commoners, local residents, Shropshire and Cheshire Wildlife Trusts and Butterfly Conservation going back to 1991.
150 people attended the opening ceremony, and the Silver-studded Blues, which will be flying until near the end of July, were evident on the heather in good numbers.
The opening was also supported by the children and staff of Tilstock Primary School, who provided some excellent display material, and Dr Warren gave out prizes for the best exhibits.