In Scotland the Marsh Fritillary butterfly’s distribution is limited to the Argyll islands and the neighbouring strip of the Argyll mainland; these colonies represent some of the most important in Europe. Its severe decline has led to it being designated a UKBAP Priority species, being included on the Scottish Biodiversity List, it is also included on Annex II of the EC Habitats Directive and is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is also one of NatureScot’s Species Action Framework species.
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