Big Butterfly Count starts soon, July 14th to August 6th.

The count starts on July 14th and runs for three weeks until August 6th.

Last year's count saw the lowest numbers of butterflies counted per 15-minute count since the scheme started in 2010 with numbers even lower than the wash-out summer of 2012. The greatest decline is in urban areas.

New research led by Butterfly Conservation and the University of Kent has shown that, despite the simple methods used, the data does provide sound estimates of population changes from year to year.

Charts, posters and other resources are available from this link: www.bigbutterflycount.org and there is an app to download if you prefer.

There is no limit to the number of 15 minute counts you can do ~ just make sure you carry out one count at least to get our local area covered. (And remember to enter you data in time and not forget until it was a day too late like I did last year!) 

We have no events organised as such but if there is a spell of settled fine weather and you know of a good location that a small group could visit, please let me know (jenbousfield@gmail.com) and we can create a pop-up event.

And if you get a really good count, then report it here using the forum.