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Endangered butterfly back from the brink

Words by Abi Scaife

An endangered butterfly is making a comeback thanks to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

Tell me more!

The marsh fritillary butterfly is an endangered species that is currently thriving at an RSPB conservation site. In Montiaghs Moss, a lowland peatland in Northern Ireland, the RSPB have been working tirelessly to restore habitats.

This special butterfly is one of the most important species at the site, and the RSPB has been working closely with another charity, Butterfly Conservation to help numbers of the species grow.

How did they achieve this?

They have been removing scrub, cutting rush and, rather than humans getting involved too much, used cattle and ponies for grazing and introduced Hebridean sheep to the area. 

The marsh is becoming an intricate eco-system with far-reaching positive impacts - and the marsh fritillary butterfly is just one example of that.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Born Free. This is a wildlife conservation charity that’s passionate about wild animal welfare and Compassionate Conservation. Find out more here.

Four Paws UK. This charity is an animal welfare organisation, working globally to help animals in need. Learn more here.

RSPCA. This is the leading animal welfare charity in the UK, and they specialise in animal rescue & furthering the welfare cause for all animals. Find out more here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Life on Land.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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