Dorset butterfly banks created for small blue butterfly



Two butterfly slot banks have been approved to encourage the presence of the UK's smallest native species.
Dorset Council has approved planning permission for the banks to be established at Black Bush Down near Cranbourne for the Little Blue Butterfly.Conservationists say the species survives in the area, but numbers are down due to a lack of food.The banks are 98 feet (30 m) long and 13 feet (4 m) wide, and would be overgrown with vegetation as a suitable habitat.
Dr. Sophie Lake applied for Banks, to be made from chalky soil subsoil, on behalf of Cranbourne Manor.Banks will be planted with plants including perennial renal vetch - a major food source for young blues, she said.Dr. Lake said agricultural landscapes are "unsuitable" for these species to survive at the moment.
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The closest population of this species is estimated to be 4,900 feet (1,500 metres) in Martin Down.The planning application states that there are no plans to relocate these butterflies, but by offering a source of food, it is believed that they will be attracted to the new locations.The app has been supported by Natural England as well as Cranborne and Edmonsham Parish Council and Wimborne St Giles Parish Council.The Dorset-based Butterfly Conservation Organization says this species is the smallest resident butterfly in the country, with a wingspan of just 1.2 inches (30 mm).
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