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Anne Diamond | 13:35 UK time, Tuesday, 27 July 2010

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It was the first butterfly I ever really knew and could identify. So it comes as a bit of a shock to find that our butterflies are in almost as much danger of decline as our bees. Now we've all got to take part in a butterfly count, to do a survey of the British butterfly population, and watch out for the Painted Ladies and the Peacocks. If you want to know more, go to www.bigbutterflycount.org

And thanks to all my lovely listeners for their great ideas for staycation "must-see" places. Today, we had ideas for visiting the Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede, which is apparently a lovely, peaceful spot. Also there, of course, is the Magna Carta and JFK memorial. I also learned that Lewis Carroll bought a huge house in Guildford for his six unmarried sisters, and that's where he died in 1898, after having written "Through The Looking Glass" in Guildford, too. More ideas -the UK Wolf Conservation Trust at Beenham, near Reading - though I think we'll have to become members before we pop along there! But a great idea for the future....

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