Just 15 minutes on a favourably sunny day (what is one of those?) during those dates to record what butterflies you see can give valuable information to BC so they can determine what is happening to these wonderful pollinators!
Not only can the numbers of species tell us which are thriving and which are not but also butterflies are amazing biodiversity indicators - they can show what is happening environmentally and are strong indicators of forthcoming problems for other wildlife groups.
The survey can reveal which butterflies are in danger of extinction and help to protect those at risk whilst also giving detailed information on climate change.
You can take part anywhere, parks, schools, gardens even roof gardens - as long as you record the highest number of each species you see within that 15 minute slot.
There is a wonderful identification chart on the site which can be downloaded and printed off to help with identifying which type you have seen.
You can also download an app for iOS or Android (sadly no Windows) phones from which you can also send in your results.
Otherwise you can send of your collected data via the website.
Stamp of Celebrity Approval
Sir David Attenborough, President of Butterfly Conservation, Alan Titchmarsh MBE, Mike Dilger and Nick Baker, Vice Presidents of Butterfly Conservation and the actress Joanna Lumley OBE are all supporting this years count, so why not give it a go?
I have spotted that my local council is planting verges and centre reservations with wildflowers - killing two birds with one stone this not only provides ideal environments for butterflies, bees and insects but the council saves money by not having to cut the roadsides #bonus!
(does that mean we can have our bus routes back?)
I absolutely love seeing the cornflowers and poppies swaying in the long beautiful grass - it adds so much to urban unused spaces.
You may have heard of the company Meadow in My Garden? Truly an inspirational site that offers its customers a vast range of wildlife enhancing products. Their wildflower mix can add colour to any area and brighten any garden.
Increasing the public awareness of just how important wildlife friendly flower meadows are, Meadow in My Garden make it priority.
Our natural ecology is extremely fragile and it is companies like this that endeavours to only make it stronger.
With products ranging from seed to bubble bath, you can find an array of gift ideas or garden/wildlife enhancing products. You can also take satisfaction in knowing that the company strives to incorporate these values into their company ethos:
Meadow in My Garden have kindly given me a box of Butterflies Mix to give away to one lucky reader! Enough to cover 7m2 ; this seed selection is Ideal for eco-friendly gardeners, the garden’s friends range is not only beautiful, but also improves biodiversity.
To enter just fill in the Gleam app and make sure you answer the 2 part question in the comments section or your entry is void!
1. What is your favourite wildflower?
2. Will you be taking part in the Big Butterfly Count this year?
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