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''Let nature be your teacher''
William Wordsworth, poet, 1770-1850

''Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift''
Albert Einstein, physicist, 1879-1955

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P.M. Roget, lexicographer, 1779-1869

Friday, 20 April 2012

Butterflies in Britain

Level: Advanced / C1

Here is a short reading lesson based on a BBC article: Rare UK butterflies 'bounce back'

Read the article and then answer the following questions:
1) What caused the increase in butterflies?
2) Who does Tom Brereton work for?
3) How many species of butterfly can be found in Britain?
4) Why does the Peacock butterfly have large dots on its wings?
5) What is the UK's largest resident butterfly?

Answers below!

1) Record-breaking temperatures and dry weather
2) Butterfly Conservation
3) 58
4) To frighten away or divert predators
5) Swallowtail

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