The world’s largest butterfly survey has been launched by Chris Packham and wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation to help assess the health of our environment.
The Big Butterfly Count attracted more than 113,000 people last year, and with many of us turning 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 during a three week period.
The sunny spring weather has meant that almost all butterfly species have emerged early this summer, and as a result, Butterfly Conservation is expecting some interesting data this year.
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 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.”
The Big Butterfly Count runs from the 17th of July until the 9th of August and is open to all ages. You can submit your sightings online at www.bigbutterflycount.org or via the free Big Butterfly Count app.
Main image: Peacock – Andrew Cooper, Butterfly Conservation