Staff at east Leeds nature reserve confirm sightings of butterfly

Marbled White Butterfly.
Marbled White Butterfly.
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Nature lovers in Leeds are feeling all of a flutter after sightings of a rare butterfly in east Leeds.

The Marbled White butterfly has taken up residence at Townclose Hills Local Nature Reserve, near Kippax.

The species is normally to be found living in the south of the UK because of its warmer temperatures.

Known locally as Billy Wood, Townclose Hills is already frequented by several other types of butterfly, including Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Common Blue and Holly Blue.

Leeds City Council’s natural habitats manager, Elaine Hill, said: “We are all really excited that the Marbled White butterfly has moved into Townclose Hills.

“We heard several reports of sightings but then we were lucky enough to be able to see and take a photograph of one ourselves which confirmed it.

“We look forward to seeing more and more of them in the coming years as the colony develops.”

For further information on the nature reserve, ring 0113 395 7400.

CAMPAIGNER: Nature presenter Chris Packham is coming to RSPB Fairburn Ings on Thursday, July 19. Picture: Shout Communications

TV presenter Chris Packham’s nature tour is heading to a reserve near Leeds