There has been an inexorable diminution of wildlife on these islands since the Second World War. “The country I was born into,” McCarthy writes, “possessed something wonderful it absolutely possesses no longer: natural abundance. Blessed, unregarded abundance has been destroyed.” Swarms of butterflys were once widespread across our countrysides, but now you will be lucky to see one or two...
The decline is due to Industrial agriculture, the loss of 97% England's natural grasslands and wildflower meadows, the increase of motorways and urban development plus climate change which brings new predators and diseases..
Butterflys are essential eco system pollinators benefiting both agriculture and medical science for its plant derived medicines, as well as being sensitive indicators of environmental change.
The last species extinct in Britain, the Large Blue (Maculinea Arion)(d.1979) was re-established in the 1980's by Professor Thomas, who stated "What is bad for butterflys is bad for all species -- including our own''.
Other Species recently extinct in the UK; Mazarine Blue (d.1904) Black-Veined White (d.1925) & Large Tortoiseshell(d.1970's). Currently 1/3 of only 435 species in Europe are under threat...
Around the world the Large Copper of Ireland, Giant Swallowtail of Jamaica, Atewa of Ghana, American Silverspot and Apollo of the Alps have also become extinct.
In The USA the Monarch butterfly now faces drastic reductions following destruction of their milkweed seeding plant by biotech agricultural chemicals.
On a brighter note, in 2008 Sir David Attenborough the BBC's Natural history broadcaster launched a Twenty Five Million pounds conservation project to reverse this disaster. Butterfly World, has Two Hundred and Fifty species flying in its dome, and also hosts extensive gardens and meadows to attract native British species.
( http://www.butterflyworldproject.com/ )
To save the butterfly, plant suitable nectar producing plants, the best are the Buddlea, Ice-plant, Lavender, Michaelmas Daisy and Marjoram.
Caterpillars also need feeding so plant Holly and Ivy in sunny positions where they can grow tall and flower, & keep the Stinging Nettles as these are home for the Comma, Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral butterflys.
You can now help scientists track the Butterflys with iRecord Butterlys free App for iPhone and Android ( http://tinyurl.com/pgosunx )
Original Poem the butterfly's tale c. Celestial Elf 2011.
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Bright Blessings ~
As the Lepidopterist, Yayoo Qunhua.
As Butterflies, Brooke Baran, FreeSky Republic, Korey Meadowbrook, Nifredil Infinity,
Butterfly People Freesky Republic, Sienna Panthar, Mnenom Hydraconis, xxxJohnxxx Sitko, Minxy Kimono,
Butterfly Avatars co Abraminations//'People'wings co Cortex Draper, Black Skin co Zoryana Magic,
City People, YukiNoHana Guardian, Rimzielle Morales, Ryann McMasters, Jubei24 Yuhara, Sienna Panthar, Pheora Oxygen, Xei Aura, xxxjohnxxx sitoko,
Butterfly Friends, Sanne Halberstadt, Larina Enzo.
Cairne Birdwing Green, Yellow-Green and Aqua kindly provided by Glyph Graves,
Grateful thanks for permission to film at;
The Misty Mountains co Tynus Tenck,
AM Radio and The Far Away Dreamland co IDIA Laboratories,
New London Village co Laredo Lowtide,
Tir Na nOg co FreeSky Republic,
Nomos co Baal Zobel,
The Secret Place at Gaia Rising co Enchantress Sao,
Bhaltair Realm co Fire Topaz.
Royalty Free Music via Kevin MacLeod of incompetech.com;
Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0"
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Gymnopedie No1, Virtues Instrument, Virtues Vocis, Nothing Broken.
Filmed on SecondLife via Snowglobe 1.4.2.
Made using Frapps, Serif MoviePlus X3 on Windows XP.
Conceived, Directed and Produced by Celestial Elf 2011.