Marbled White Butterfly
The Big Butterfly Count 2022

Take Nature’s Pulse In The Sunshine

Join in from Friday 15th July until Sunday 7th August 2022

The largest citizen-led public conservation survey in the world is run by our friends at Butterfly Conservation. Every summer in the UK, people are able to do their bit for conservation research simply by spending 15 minute counting butterflies. 

Did You Know?

Butterflies are a fantastic indicator of the natural environment around us. Meaning environmentalists and conservationists can gain lots of info from their numbers in this annual survey.

Some butterfly numbers are stable, such as the Large White but many are on the red list with over all numbers crashing  since the 1970’s. Habitat loss and pesticide over the years have had a massive impact on butterflies who usually complete their life cycle in a year. Unfortunately this can have a massive knock-on effect to other species, especially small birds who feed their young with caterpillars.

The Big Butterfly Count

Our help is needed to gather this data! Scientists are able to assess the health of our environment by analysing the amount and type of butterflies we see. You can count every day or just one day and it is a great thing to do with the kids on a walk or in the garden for 15 minutes.

Not sure of your butterflies?

Check out the guest blog on butterfly ID.
Download the free app to identify and record the butterflies you spot. 
Use the handy butterfly ID chart on the Butterfly Conservation website.

Butterfly ID Sheet for England
Click for a large printable version of the ID guide

Marbled White by Bob Eade © Butterfly Conservation.

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