Join the Big Butterfly Count

Help take nature’s pulse by joining this nationwide survey run by conservation charity Butterfly Conservation. 

The Big Butterfly Count is happening from Friday July 14 until Sunday August 6.

Simply count butterflies for 15 minutes during bright weather. At this time of year most butterflies are at the adult stage of their lifecycle, so more are likely to be seen.

Butterflies react quickly to environmental change making them excellent biodiversity indicators. Over 36,000 people took part last year, counting almost 400,000 individual butterflies and day-flying months across the UK.

To take part go to www.bigbutterflycount.org and download your handy butterfly chart to identify and record the butterflies you spot in parks, school grounds, gardens, fields and forests.

Sir David Attenborough, President of Butterfly Conservation (and Patron of Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust) has given his backing to the project.


Photograph: Head for the Trust's Ketton Quarry or Bloody Oaks Quarry nature reserves to spot martble white butterflies (c. Chris Hill/LRWT).

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