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Date published: 2008/03/12

The BBC says:

Broadcaster Sir David Attenborough has launched a £25m conservation project in the UK with a stark warning on the plight of the butterfly.

The BBC presenter said three-quarters of butterfly species in the UK had declined in the past 20 years.

Sir David was talking at the launch of Butterfly World, in St Albans, Hertfordshire - a 26-acre site to house and protect thousands of butterflies.
Work is due to begin on the site in the next few weeks, with the visitor attraction due to open its doors in 2011.

The site will be developed into the shape of a butterfly, with the dome as its eye.

It will incorporate underground caverns featuring tropical creatures including scorpions and spiders and there will be more than 10,000 tropical butterflies in flight at any one time in the walk-through centre.

Inspired no doubt by the success of the Eden Project in Cornwall, and of similar butterfly centres in the States, this at least has the advantage of being close to London and hence close to a sizeable fraction of the population of England. Although there seems to be some pretense that this project has something to do with conservation of butterflies in the UK, in fact its main attraction, not surprisingly, will be the tropical butterflies.

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