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Models get dirty to break world record and save rare butterflies

by Mike Slater
Date: 01/12/2009

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Mr England, Miss Coventry and Miss Rugby will be rolling up their sleeves for a World Record breaking attempt this weekend. As part of National Tree Week, BBC Breathing Places is asking the public to help set a new record for planting the most trees in one hour. Local models will be joining the charity Butterfly Conservation at a tree planting event on their Ryton Wood Meadows nature reserve, near Ryton Pools Country Park.

Trees will be planted across the UK at 11:00 on Saturday, with the aim to plant a million, beating the current record of 653,143 trees. Ryton Wood Meadows is part of a landscape conservation initiative focusing on habitat restoration for threatened butterflies in the Princethorpe woodlands area.

Elm trees and Blackthorn will be planted on Saturday. The White-letter Hairstreak butterfly became an endangered species in Warwickshire in the 1970's when Dutch Elm disease killed much of their foodplant. The even rarer Brown Hairstreak butterfly cannot survive without Blackthorn hedges to shelter its eggs.

Mike Slater, Butterfly Conservation's Princethorpe Project Officer said: "The woods at Princethorpe provide a haven for wildlife in Warwickshire. We've been managing this site for 20 years now and already seen a fantastic increase in butterflies. Butterflies, moths and other animals will all benefit hugely from the planting event this weekend. But more help would be welcomed."

The Princethorpe Woodlands project has been funded by Biffa award, a multi-million pound environment fund managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) which utilises landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services.

For more information and detail of how to take part visit www.warwickshire-butterflies.org.uk

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wlh.jpg - White-letter Hairstreak by Steven Cheshire.
wlh2.jpg - White-letter Hairstreak by Martin Warren.

For images after the event, please contact Mike Slater.

CONTACTS
Mike Slater, Princethorpe Project Officer, Butterfly Conservation Phone: 01788 335 881 Mobile: 07794 891859 Email: mike.slater50@ntlworld.com

NOTES FOR EDITORS
Butterfly Conservation is the largest insect conservation charity in Europe with nearly 15,000 members in the UK. Its aim is the conservation of butterflies, moths and their habitats. It runs conservation programmes on over 60 threatened species of butterfly and moth and manages over 30 nature reserves. Further information www.butterfly-conservation.org

Butterfly Conservation Company limited by guarantee, registered in England (2206468). Registered Office: Manor Yard, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QP. Charity registered in England & Wales (254937) and in Scotland (SCO39268).

If you have any questions or require more information about this press release, please contact Mike Slater by email.

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Notes For Editors
Butterfly Conservation is the largest conservation charity of its type in Europe with over 13,000 members in the UK. Its aim is the conservation of butterflies, moths and their habitats. It runs conservation programmes on over 60 threatened species of butterfly and moth, organises national butterfly recording and monitoring schemes, and manages over 30 nature reserves.

Further information at: www.butterfly-conservation.org