In 2019, the first English born Chequered Skipper butterfly emerged in Rockingham Forest for 43 years. It was the triumphant result of four years of work and proof that we can successfully reintroduce species after they have become extinct.
In 2021, we saw a third year of successful breeding within the Forest, and our vital work to save the Chequered Skipper in England continues.
The Chequered Skipper became extinct in England in 1976. An article from 2019 looks at the decision to reintroduce the species and the research done before hand to support the decision, which you can read here.
The project which saw the initial reintroduction of the Chequered Skipper to Rockingham Forest was led by Butterfly Conservation as part of the Back from the Brink project and has benefitted other species in the local area as well. You can find out more by clicking here.
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