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Counting on hot weather for a bumper butterfly season

Butterflies are lapping up the current sunny weather. As they flit across gardens, parks and nature spots people in Leicestershire and Rutland are being encouraged to take part in the Big Butterfly Count.

The campaign has been organised by the Butterfly Conservation charity, whose President (and Patron of Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust) Sir David Attenborough is asking you to spend just 15 minutes counting the butterflies that you see.

Sir David Attenborough said that taking part generates important data on butterflies, and provides participants with time out from the stresses of life.

“A few precious moments spent watching a stunning Red Admiral or Peacock butterfly feeding amongst the flowers in my garden never fails to bring me great pleasure.

“Spending time with nature offers us all precious breathing space away from the stresses and strains of modern life, it enables us to experience joy and wonder, to slow down and to appreciate the wildlife that lives side-by-side with us.

“Get out for the Big Butterfly Count, it’s good for them and it’s good for you.”

Butterflies react quickly to changes in their environment so a decline in their numbers can act as an early indicator for other wildlife.  You can do as many 15-minute counts as you like before the campaign closes on August 12.

If you want to take part, and find out more, visit www.bigbutterflycount.org

Photo:  Sir David Attenborough launches the Big Butterfly Count at London Wetland Centre. (Helen Atkinson/Butterfly Conservation)

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