Small Blue Butterfly Extends its Habitat

Motion S4M-13674: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour
That the Parliament notes that the small blue butterfly, cupidis minimus, one of the smallest butterflies in the UK, became extinct in Ayrshire over 30 years ago; is delighted that, after transporting 30 small blues from a healthy population 225 miles from the Moray Coast to the Wildlife Trust’s Gailes Marsh Wildlife Reserve where kidney vetch, which the small blue requires, now grows in abundance, the butterfly appears to have been re-established after two years; congratulates the trust and the neighbouring Dundonald golf links on ensuring that kidney vetch was grown to promote success, and recognises the work of all those involved in what it considers this successful project.