The Big Butterfly Count
From 17th July to 9th August, people all over the UK have been taking part in the big butterfly count. People were encouraged to pick a spot in their garden, or out and about in a location of their choice and count butterflies and moths for 15 minutes, making note of what species they have seen. All of this is done to track the ever changing population of butterfly and moth species, and assess the health of our environment. It is wonderful to hear that a staggering 46,280 people took part in this year’s survey!
Unfortunately, last year the butterfly count saw the population of many butterfly and moth species drop right back, indicating the decline of many other invertebrates too, so we are waiting with anticipation to find out if the delicate creatures are going to come back fighting this year.
Butterflies really are as fragile as they look - they are very sensitive to even the most subtle of changes in their environment, which is both fortunate and unfortunate. It is very useful for us as they act as a great biodiversity indicator, but also very bad for them as the slightest change could mean big danger for the butterfly population, which is why it is so important that we keep doing all we can to improve our biodiversity. Click here to find out how you can improve your biodiversity at home.
It’s not too late to log your sitings on the Big Butterfly Count website! Follow the link below to share with everyone what you found. Although the official count may be over, we think it’s a great idea to keep in touch with nature, get out in the garden and see what species you have! We did, and here’s a few pictures of what we found.