THE BUTTERFLY Conservation press office has told the Review that although last year was the second wettest on record, it was not doom and gloom for every species of butterfly.
Grass-feeding butterflies defied conditions to enjoy a bumper 2012 across the UK countryside.
The incessant rain prompted substantial grass growth and provided good conditions for grassland species such as the Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Gatekeeper.
The Meadow Brown enjoyed its best year since the start of the scheme with almost twice as many counted than in 2011.
But overall 2012 proved to be a washout with recorders seeing 43 per cent fewer species on average than in 2011.