I am ashamed to say I couldn’t name a single one before we started but I am getting better now – which should hopefully also prove useful in the future when Freya asks about them – and it’s been really quite exciting spotting different ones. To join in with the count, all you need to do is pick a spot in a garden, park or open space and spend 15 minutes logging all the butterflies you see. The reason the count is important is:
“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. That’s why counting butterflies can be described as taking the pulse of nature. The count will also assist us in identifying trends in species that will help us plan how to protect butterflies from extinction, as well as understand the effect of climate change on wildlife.” Big Butterfly Count.
So if you have a spare 15 minutes please spend it outshine on a warm, ideally sunny, day counting these beautiful insects. You can log your sightings via the website until the end of August.