New butterfly species for Brockholes

Dark-Green Fritillary, by Phil Larkin

For the third year running, a new species of butterfly has been seen at Brockholes Nature Reserve.
Dark-Green Fritillary

Dark-Green Fritillary, by Phil Larkin

This stunning, rare butterfly was spotted by lepidoptera expert, Phil Larkin at Brockholes this week.

The Dark-Green Fritillary is specified as a medium priority for the Butterfly Conservation, but is one that has never before been seen around the 250-acre site at Brockholes.


This wonderful find completes a hat-trick of new species found on the reserve in the last three years. In 2018, a Green Hairstreak was seen, in 2019, a Wall Brown butterfly was seen, and now this.

We believe this takes the number of butterfly species at Brockholes to an incredible 25 different species. This is a wonderful achievement for a site which is still relatively new in conservation terms. 

We are thrilled that species are continuing to thrive at Brockholes and are looking forward to being able to open the gates to the wider reaching public once again, very soon.

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Emma Sharples

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