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March: Supposedly extinct large tortoiseshell butterflies were seen at Newtown on the Isle of Wight. Badgers (pictured) struggled to find food in dry soil, as much of England was gripped by drought and the month became the third warmest and fifth driest March on record (Rex Features)

Year in Review 2012: British wildlife

This year has seen unsettled and unpredictable weather, from scorching temperatures to blustery showers. The extreme weather impacts wildlife. Here are some of the highs and lows through the year drawn up by the National Trust.

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