Big Butterfly Count in the UK from 24 July to 1 August 2010

July 22nd, 2010 by Richard Lord

M&S is supporting Butterfly Conservation with the big butterfly count from 24 July to 1 August.

The big butterfly count website has produced an attractive Butterfly ID Chart, which is 2.2 mb to download.  Butterfly Conservation wishes people to choose a place and spot butterflies and moths for 15 minutes.

A Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta, in a Guernsey garden ©RLLord (click image to expand)

Good places include your garden, a park, or in a wood.   Although this is a UK exercise it may be an activity that Guernsey residents wish to participate in.  The records can be submitted to the Guernsey Biological Records Centre.

A Peacock butterfly, Inachis io, on a bluebell in the Petit Bot valley, Guernsey ©RLLord (click image to expand)

The M&S website has a short film about the Butterfly Conservation Partnership between Butterfly Conservation and M&S’s Plan ASir David Attenborough, President of Butterfly Conservation, said that butterflies have been declining in Britain for the last one hundred years and 70% of the resident population of butterflies in Britain is in decline.

“The butterfly count will begin a databank on butterflies that will be a valuable benchmark on butterflies in the years to come,” he said.

He said that butterflies are important to the ecosystem.  They fertilise flowers to produce fruit and seeds, and their caterpillars provide food for many small birds.

A common blue butterfly, Polyommatus icarus, in a Guernsey garden ©RLLord (click image to expand)

1 Response to “Big Butterfly Count in the UK from 24 July to 1 August 2010”

  1. celestial elf

    Great Post :D
    thought you might like my machinima film the butterfly’s tale~
    Bright Blessings
    elf ~

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