Thursday, 24 October 2019

Are Czech butterflies disappearing due to farming and forestry mismanagement or climate change?

By Brian Kenety | Radio Prague |
6 August 2019

Scientists warn that some butterfly species are disappearing from the Czech countryside at an alarming rate. But opinion is divided as to the root cause. Some see it as a stemming from intensive farming and forest mismanagement on the local level. Others believe global climate change is to blame. Researchers at the Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences blame the disappearance of protected butterfly species on the state company charged with managing the nation’s 1.2 million hectares of forests. They say that company, Lesy Ceské republiky, has failed to properly regulate commercial logging and maintain fields and floodplains in designated Protected Landscapes with delicate ecosystems.