For over 20 years, Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust (MWT) has been working to protect and enhance the remaining populations of Pearl-bordered Fritillary (PBF) in Montgomeryshire. With poor weather and declining habitat quality in recent years, the poor PBF was suffering; populations were getting dangerously low.
However, thanks to the generosity of all who donated to the appeal (#PBFANewHope) last winter, MWT was able to undertake work on over 6 hectares of habitat, to improve its suitability for the butterfly. When it eventually arrived, this was followed by a warm, dry spring; perfect weather for this delicate insect to spread its wings, breed and lay its eggs. Adult PBF numbers were up at most sites; after five successive years of decline, this was a relief!