Butterfly monitoring project will enable improvements to Europe’s environment

Marsh fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia) is a threatened species across Europe due to loss of habitat   Picture: Martin WarrenA major new EU Pilot Project involving the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology will monitor population trends of butterflies to assess the health of the environment and to inform EU biodiversity and agricultural policies.

Butterfly populations are highly sensitive to environmental change, providing an early warning of impacts on ecosystems. The new study of population trends in different habitats across Europe will assess biodiversity loss and the impact of climate change and land use intensification.

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