Join the Big Butterfly Count and spot the species
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 between today, Friday 19th and Sunday, 11th August.
Just record what you see and send your results to www.bigbutterflycount.org or submit them using the free Big ButterflyCount app.
Last year a record 100,000 participants took part, spotting almost one million butterflies across the UK.
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.”