“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”
I love butterflies and moths. The intricate patterns that they have evolved to have and the delicate way they flutter about intrigues me. Given that where I live can get quite harsh weather it is always a delight to see them in my garden (now I have one) and if there is a butterfly house in the vicinity it’s guaranteed a visit. I just wish I was better at identifying them!
Now I am going to get the chance to practice and help assess the state of the natural environment in the UK. I will be participating in the big butterfly count, an annual event since 2010, which this year runs from the 17th July to 9th August. It is organised by Butterfly Conservation who run many nature reserves, monitor butterfly populations and (unsurprisingly) undertake conservation projects on a landscape scale.
If you want to take part in the count too, all you need to do is spend 15 minutes outside on a bright day and count the individuals of each type of butterfly you see and then log your findings on the website. Even if you don’t see any that is useful information too.
It really is that easy!
If you’re now grumping because you’re somewhere in the world which isn’t in a count area then why not check out what initiatives may be going on where you live?