Rare Butterfly Species: The High Brown Fritillary Butterfly
Since the 1970s, the High Brown Fritillary Butterfly has declined in numbers by approximately 90%, and we are therefore very proud that the Leighton Hall Estate is one of only a few places where the precious Fritillary Butterfly survives.
This is due to our active programme of coppicing, as without it, when existing sites have become overgrown, the butterflies aren’t able to colonise.
There are also plenty of limestone pavements across the estate with violets growing beneath the cracks that attract this beautiful butterfly with its distinctive brown spots and silver spangles.
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