Get out for the Count! By Katie Callaghan
This summer marks the 10th anniversary of the Big Butterfly Count – the world’s largest butterfly survey!
Wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation is calling on everyone to do as many 15-minute Counts as possible before the end of day on Sunday 11th August.
Download your free ID chart from www.bigbutterflycount.org and record what you see. You can log your results on the website or submit them using the free Big Butterfly Count app.
Last year a record 100,000 participants took part, spotting almost one million butterflies across the UK.
However, research by the charity shows that 76% of the UK’s resident and regular migrant butterflies and two-thirds of our larger moths are in decline.
Butterfly Conservation President, Sir David Attenborough, said: “It is vitally important that we gain a clearer picture of how our butterflies are faring. Their ongoing decline tells us that all is not well in the British countryside.
“The Big Butterfly Count is more than just counting butterflies – we’ll be taking the pulse of nature.”
This summer, experts are keen to see how common garden butterflies are faring, as despite many species bouncing back in the 2018 heatwave, colourful favourites such as the Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock both recorded poor years.
Butterfly Conservation Vice-President Chris Packham is following in the footsteps of Sir David Attenborough by getting behind the campaign this year.
Chris said: “It’s easy to feel powerless when confronted with endless decline statistics from birds to bees to butterflies, but the fight for our environmental future starts with small acts, it starts with you.
“That’s why I urge you to take part in the Big Butterfly Count this summer. By taking part in the Count you are showing that our butterflies, our wildlife and our environment are worth fighting for.”