How school children and their inspiring teacher created an extraordinary reserve for butterflies in the heart of their campus - and have gone on to use butterflies as flagships for conservation from Sussex to Ghana.

Come back on Thursday 1 April to watch the premier

Want to hear more from Dan Danahar, a teacher at the Dorothy Stringer School? He's going to be participating in a live Q&A about how we can save species at 8pm on Thursday 1 April.

The Dorothy Stringer School

In 2007, the Dorothy Stringer School created Brighton’s first Butterfly Haven. Led by environmental science teacher Dr Dan Danahar, student volunteers landscaped a chalk slope, sowing a wildflower seed mix and planting 5,500 locally sourced wildflower plugs. Since then, they have recorded over 27 different butterflies species at this site. The Brighton & Hove City Council was inspired by the school’s success and partnered with the South Downs National Park to launch the “South Downs Way Ahead” project. Now a city-wide butterfly conservation effort, hundreds of volunteers worked with council rangers to plant 200,000 wildflower plugs creating habitat for the Dingy & Grizzled Skippers, Small and Chalkhill Blues and Adonis Blue butterflies. In 2014, the UNESCO recognised the Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere as World Biosphere area, the first completely new Biosphere site in the UK established for almost forty years.

Left to right in image: Dr Dan Danahar, Milo Mergler, Josh Osbourne, Taran Crockett and Rose Skiera