Be Part Of The Big Butterfly Count 2018

Be Part Of The Big Butterfly Count 2018

Be Part Of The Big Butterfly Count 2018
Be Part Of The Big Butterfly Count 2018

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The public is being asked to take 15 minutes to participate in the Big Butterfly count 2018, which runs from July 20th to August 11th (prime time for butterfly activity), to help identify trends in species that will aid us in planning how to protect butterflies from extinction, as well as understanding the effect of climate change on wildlife.

 

 

The Big Butterfly Count is a nationwide survey which is run by the charity Butterfly Conservation and is aimed at helping  assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world’s biggest survey of butterflies. Over 60,000 people took part in 2017, submitting 62,500 counts of butterflies and day-flying moths from across the UK (see all the 2017 results). 

Butterflies react very quickly to change in their environment which makes them excellent biodiversity indicators. Butterfly declines are an early warning for other wildlife losses. Almost three-quarters of UK butterfly species have decreased in population during the last decade, while the number of UK’s larger moths has crashed in the past 40 years, according to a recent reports by a group of leading conservation organisations.

Be Part Of The Big Butterfly Count 2018

To take part in the 2018 survey simply count butterflies for 15 minutes during bright (preferably sunny) weather, between  20th July and 12th August . The survey is taken at this time of year because most butterflies are at the adult stage of their lifecycle, so more likely to be seen. Records are welcome from anywhere that suits you – including parks, school grounds, gardens,  fields and forests.

Don’t worry if you’re don’t know your Red Admiral from your Painted Lady, there is a handy identification chart that you can download to help you work out which butterflies you have seen. And remember,  even if you don’t see any butterflies or moths your count information is still useful.

Be Part Of The Big Butterfly Count 2018
Be Part Of The Big Butterfly Count 2018

Once you’ve completed your count, You can log  your sightings online at www.bigbutterflycount.org or by using the FREE Big Butterfly Count smartphone apps available for iOS and Android. You can also compare your sightings and see what has been spotted in your area on the sightings map.

Big Butterfly Count 2018 takes place from July 20th to August 11th.

For details go to www.bigbutterflycount.org

 

The Butterfly Conservation top tips to attract butterflies to your garden:

  •  Choose sunny, sheltered spots when planting nectar plants, because butterflies like warmth.
  • Select different plants to attract a wider variety of species.
  • Prolong flowering by deadheading regularly, mulching with organic compost and watering well.
  • Don’t use insecticides and pesticides which kill butterflies and many pollinating insects.
  • Grow plants which will attract butterflies including buddleia, Verbena bonariensis, lavender, perennial wallflower, marjoram, phlox, nasturtium, escallonia, cone flower, aster, sweet rocket, lobelia and herbs including chives, thyme and mint.

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Be Part Of The Big Butterfly Count 2018

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