How To count Butterflies for the Big Butterfly Count
The Big Butterfly Count is a study devised by Butterfly Conservation and sponsored by M&S which aims to gauge the size and diversity of the UK's butterfly population by asking members of the public to count them on one of a week of given days in July and August 2010. Butterflies and moths in Britain are sensitive to environmental change and in many cases their survival is at risk. The aim of this study is to try measure the scale at which these insects are under threat. The Big Butterfly Count is open to anyone to participate.
What you'll need:
Butterfly identification chart
Big Butterfly Count website.
Visit the Big Butterfly Count website (link at bottom) and download a butterfly identification chart. You should count the butterflies on one day between 24th July and 1st August.
All you have to do is pick a spot in your garden or other open space, such as a park, and count the number and type of butterflies that you see within a 15 minute period.
Visit the website again and log your findings.
The count should help to identify trends in species that will help Butterfly Conservation plan how to protect butterflies from extinction as well as understand the effect of climate change on wildlife.
Download the identification chart or get a butterfly book to help you.
You are allowed to submit different records for different times and locations.
Remember to count between the specified days.
Do not count the same butterfly more than once.