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Big Butterfly Count 16th – 31st July 2011

Posted Jul 15 2011 3:26am

The Big Butterfly Count  is taking place from 16th – 31st  July 2011.

peacock-on-buddlea

peacock-on-buddlea

The big butterfly countis a nationwide survey to assess the health of our environment.  The numbers of butterflies continue to decline, & this survey will help work out what is going on in the butterfly world.  Climate change is warming up the UK & we are seeing some new species.  The hummingbird hawk moth usually  lives in Africa, but we are getting more sightings of it in the UK.  We actually saw one in our garden this week.  It has a very long probosis, which it holds straight out in front of it when it is feeding on our Lilly flowers.  It flaps its wings so fast while it hovers to feed, that you can hear a humming noise.  Sitings in 2011 can be seen by clicking this link: http://www.butterfly-conservation.org/sightings/1096/hummingbird_hawk_moth.html

butterflies-sunbathing

butterflies-sunbathing

To take part:

  • Download and print out the Butterfly Chart  from the Big Butterfly Count  site to help you identify and record the butterflies you spot.
  • Count butterflies for 15 minutes during bright (preferably sunny) weather from 16th  - 31st July.
  • Send in your results to  https://www.bigbutterflycount.org/species  
red-admiral-butterfly

red-admiral-butterfly

The survey is run by the charity Butterfly Conservation to encourage sustainable agriculture and help to protect the environment.   We have 59 species of butterfly in the British Isles and over 75% of these are in decline.

CabbageWhite-Butterfly

CabbageWhite-Butterfly

Butterflies are beautiful and vital to the health of our environment.

 

Butterflies have suddenly appeared in our garden in the last few days so we should have a decent number  to report to the Big Butterfly Count taking place from 16th – 31st July 2011!

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