The critically-endangered black-veined moth, native to the East Kent countryside, has experienced a remarkable resurgence thanks to the habitat restoration efforts of local farmers.
Back in 1995, the black-veined moth teetered on the brink of extinction due to the loss of its chalk grassland habitat within the Wye National Nature Reserve.
In response, Natural England initiated a project that encouraged farmers to revert their fields to their natural state.
This year, surveys have unveiled a remarkable peak population of 255 black-veined moths, marking the highest count since the inception of the restoration project.
The dedicated work of the farmers is now yielding tangible results, and Dan Turson, Natural England’s farm adviser, acknowledges this success.
Dan Turson, Natural England’s farm adviser, said: “Farmers are leading nature recovery through long-term one-to-one advice and close working to create new wildflower grasslands at scale.”
These enchanting moths resemble white butterflies adorned with distinct black lines on their wings. Their survival hinges on a unique habitat, requiring a mix of tall tufts of grass and short wildflowers within the same field.
This distinctive need sets them apart from other insects in chalk grassland, making their revival a significant conservation achievement.
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