South Woodham Ferrers: Zoo breeds butterfly not seen in Essex for 30 years (From Maldon and Burnham Standard)
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South Woodham Ferrers: Zoo breeds butterfly not seen in Essex for 30 years
10:00am Monday 9th September 2013 in Local News
A butterfly last seen in Essex 30 years ago has been bred at one of the county’s zoos.
The dingy skipper widespread in other parts of the country but not in Essex.
But that could change as Tony Wren, an entomologist at Tropical Wings Zoo in South Woodham Ferrers, has produced more than 170 caterpillars this year, having started the breeding project two years ago.
The zoo has worked with the Essex Biodiversity Committee to release healthy caterpillars into the Essex countryside, including more than 50 at two selected areas at the Marks Hall Estate, Coggeshall.
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