A record number of rare large blue butterflies were counted at a key breeding site during 2007. Experts believe a warm spring helped the caterpillars at the National Trust owned site develop quickly before the arrival of a very wet summer. Efforts to re-introduce the species began in 1983 after it disappeared from the UK in the late 1970s.
Children determine the best conditions for a breeding site based on their knowledge of habitats.
- to recognise ways in which living things and the environment need protection
- to identify the effect of changes to the habitat on some organisms
Children will learn:
- that different animal species occur in varying numbers
- that the survival of one animal species can be dependent on the existence of another animal species
- that more than one species can successfully inhabit an eco-system
- that each animal species has its own needs for survivalto appreciate that animal species can be successfully re-introduced to an area
- that even small changes can alter an eco-system and the survival of animal species
These resources were initially developed in partnership with the Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam University.