DID YOU KNOW there are 59 species of butterfly in the UK and the Butterfly Conservation need your help spotting them?
The Big Butterfly Count attracted more than 113,000 people last year, and with many of us having turned to nature during lockdown, 2020 is expected to be the biggest year yet.
Taking part in the Big Butterfly Count is an easy way to give something positive back to nature.
Those participating in the nationwide survey are asked to spend just 15 minutes in an outdoor space counting the butterflies they see from now until August 9th.
Chris Packham says: “While so many of us have had a bit more time to appreciate the nature on our doorsteps during the lockdown period, and learning about the natural world has been a mindful distraction from uncertainty, this is a real chance to do something positive and contribute to conserving nature.
“Butterflies and moths are key indicators of the health of our environment and anyone can help contribute to our understanding of these incredible creatures by taking part in in the Big Butterfly Count.
“The sightings you submit will be used to map and measure populations and the geographic spread of species across the UK. We’re asking everyone who has been given a helping hand from nature this year to return the favour.”
Dr Zoë Randle, Senior Surveys Officer at Butterfly Conservation says: “We’re excited to find out the results from the Big Butterfly Count this year. The very sunny spring weather meant that almost all butterfly species have emerged early this summer, so we’re hoping for some interesting data. As our weather patterns change it’s more important than ever for us to be able to capture this information.
“We’ve seen an incredible amount of interest from people who have been out and about in their gardens and local areas spotting butterflies for the first time.
“From children learning about the lifecycle of a butterfly from a caterpillar found in their own back gardens to adults who have spotted a fluttering Red Admiral while exercising outside instead of at the gym. Nature has really shown its true value to us this year, but it is still under threat. Now, more than ever, we must all do our little bit to protect it.”
Steve Guy, Outdoor Category Director, B&Q says: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Big Butterfly Count once again. We’re encouraging all B&Q customers to get counting and to create butterfly-friendly outdoor spaces. Attracting butterflies is simple if you have plenty of nectar to offer them. Plant as many of their favourite flowers – such as Lavender, Delphinium and Salvia – as you can in a sunny, sheltered spot. And you don’t need a big outdoor space – a window box or hanging basket with the right nectar giving plants can make you popular with butterflies.”
David Forbes Nixon, chairman of the DFN Foundation, said: “We are excited to be the official co-sponsor of the Big Butterfly Count from 2020 to 2023 and look forward to working with Butterfly Conservation to identify trends in species that will help us plan how to protect butterflies from extinction.”
“The recent pandemic has brought into even greater focus the need for us to protect the environment and connect with nature in a positive and meaningful way.
“We now have a huge opportunity to build on this momentum and engage with people of all ages across the country on the importance of butterfly conservation, helping to improve our whole environment for wildlife and enrich the lives of people now and in the future.”
The Big Butterfly Count is open to everyone, from ages from 3 to 103, and provides a real contribution to science and the understanding of butterfly and moth populations in the UK, a key indicator of the health of our environment, including the effects of climate change.
Simply visit www.Bigbutterflycount.org to find out more or download the free Big Butterfly Count app to enter your findings.