Butterflies aren’t just a beautiful sight, fluttering between flower heads on a sunny summer’s day, they are crucial indicators of the health of our environment. Alas the majority of UK butterflies and moths are still in major decline, they need constant monitoring and protecting. You can help do just that by taking part in Butterfly Conservation’s annual Big Butterfly Count.
Public engagement with the project has been phenomenal since it was launched in 2010, rapidly becoming the world’s biggest butterfly survey and a jewel in the crown of UK citizen science projects. Big Butterfly Count focuses on 20 widespread species of butterfly and day-flying moth and runs from 17 July to 9 August. Simply spend 15 minutes counting the numbers for each species you see on a bright, preferably sunny, day.
Anywhere will do! From simply sitting in the garden or local park to walking in a meadow or forest, they all count – and don’t forget, even if you don’t see any it’s still just as important a result and needs recording. What’s even better is that you can submit sightings on different days and from different places. You can only submit your sightings online or via the smartphone app for iOS and Android.
More information on why butterflies are integral to the ecosystem here.