Help conservation by counting butterflies

The charity Butterfly Conservation has been running an annual survey of lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) every summer since 2010.  

Butterflies and moths are very sensitive to changes in their environment such as climate change and loss of habitat and the charity is interested to find out how populations of individual species adjust over time.  For example, will some species be lost as a result of changing weather patterns, or will they migrate to different areas of the country?  If more wild flowers and hedges are planted and if road verges are managed differently, will struggling populations be revived?

To do your bit, simply spend 15 minutes sitting in a garden, a park, a wood or even in a field (ask the farmers' permission first!), take a butterfly book or download the butterfly ID chart from the Big Butterfly Count website, and make a note of which species you see.  If you are a thoroughly modern person, you could even get the smartphone app so that you can record and submit your findings at the same time.

In 2012, almost 27,000 people took part, counting 223,000 individual butterflies and day-flying moths across the UK.  Lets see if we can make it 28,000 people this year..........

small tortoishell butterfly

Make the Big Butterfly Count 2014 even better

Plant a wild flower plot in your own garden or encourage your local school, park, supermarket or church to transform an area of their grounds into a butterfly conservation patch.

Meadowmat wild flower matting contains a good mix of species that have been selected to provide nectar for adult butterflies as well as food plants for the caterpillars.  PLUS compared to wildflower seeds which are notoriously difficult to get started, Meadowmat is easy to install and get established. 

Meadowmat have created a downloadable  FREE guide to creating a wildflower area which talks about preparing the ground, establishing wildflowers and managing your species rich patch in the years to come.

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