The Big Butterfly Count is running from 20 July to the 12 August
Sir David Attenborough, Butterfly Conservation President, will officially launch the count which is the world’s largest butterfly survey, which encourages people to spot and record 17 species of common butterfly and two day-flying moths during three weeks of high summer across the UK.
Taking part in this year’s count is not only good for UK’s butterflies but might also have positive effects for those taking part. Research has revealed that being able to see wildlife can help people’s mental health and this summer Butterfly Conservation is being supported by mental health charity MIND in championing the wellbeing benefits of nature.
David Attenborough says:
“Taking part in the Big Butterfly Count is good for butterflies and it is also good for us all. The count is good for butterflies because your sightings will tell us which species need help and in which areas we need to help them. But the count is also good for you because 15 minutes spent watching butterflies in the summer sunshine is priceless; spending time with butterflies lifts the spirits and reinvigorates that sense of wonder in a natural world.”
To take part visit www.bigbutterflycount.org and download the app or watch Nick Baker guide you through taking part in the world’s biggest survey of butterflies.
Watch, count and be merry!