Why not get outside in this glorious sunshine (apologies if it’s not blazing down where you are!) and help with Butterfly Conservation’s annual count? Last year over 34 000 people took part and it couldn’t be easier. Just find a quiet spot to sit in your garden, a field, park or wood and record the number of butterflies you see and their species over 15 minutes.
When you’re done, log on to The Big Butterfly Count and record your sightings. Sir David Attenborough and Butterfly Conservation have teamed up with Marks and Spencer to make this year’s count bigger than ever and to get a really good picture of how our butterfly population is getting along. Some species are dwindling and some are facing possible extinction. Butterflies are a hugely important part of our ecosystem and they are beautiful to boot!
You can do your count anytime between now and the 5th August. Download an identification sheet here and find yourself a sunny spot to sit and count. Not a bad way to pass fifteen minutes!