During the summer, insects are everywhere. Bees, Wasps, Beetles and Flies are always making an appearance and all may seem well and good in the animal kingdom. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. A number of Britain’s indigenous insects are currently finding it hard to survive and numbers have been steadily dropping over the past few years. One insect which has seen a significant drop is the small pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly. In an effort to save these beautiful minibeasts eggs have been hatched in County Durham in an attempt to reintroduce the species into the area.
The eggs which were transported from North Yorkshire to County Durham were a vital part in the attempt to help save one of our area’s local beauties. Over 500 eggs have now been brought to the Low Barns nature reserve near Witton-le-Wear and the hatchlings are doing well. Although the winter will be tough for these little caterpillars, the Durham Wildlife Trust will be doing everything they can to make sure they make it though.
These sorts of operations are nothing new. The release and introduction of the Red Kite to the area around the Derwent Walk has seen these beautiful birds flourish where they had once been almost extinct in the area. Now they are a common site all along the Derwent Walk and a delight to see. Let’s hope these new residents to County Durham make it their permanent home.