Britain has a summer job for you: Count the butterflies

23 Julio, 2018, 03:43 | Author: Enrique Watson
  • The presenter and naturalist was on the show to urge people to take part in the world's biggest butterfly count

Sir McBoatface says spending time with nature offers "precious breathing space" from modern life, while the butterflies in particular help him take his mind off "the woes of Brexit".

Sir David Attenborough has urged people to get involved with the Big Butterfly Count in the hope that this summer will see a rise in numbers of the important insect.

I have been privileged to have witnessed some truly breath-taking wildlife spectacles in far-flung locations but some of my most memorable experiences have happened when I have been simply sitting and watching the wildlife that lives where I do'.

If you want to take part all you need to do is pick a bright day and have fifteen minutes to spare: sit in a fixed position in your garden, a local park, fields or forests and count the maximum number of species you can see at a single time.

Participants are being asked to look out for 17 particular species - including holly blue, common white, common blue and red admirals - for the next three weeks, from today until August 12th.

There's a matter of urgency with the 2018 version as most naturally occurring species of butterfly in the United Kingdom are in long-term decline, with the recent heat-wave making matters potentially worse this year.

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However, this year, weather in the United Kingdom - a cold winter followed by settled weather during a late spring and summer - have created the right conditions for butterflies to flourish, the report said.

Despite the largest number of people taking part in the survey previous year the average number of butterflies seen per 15 minute count was the lowest recorded since the survey started.

Butterflies react very quickly to change in their environment which makes them excellent biodiversity indicators.

"Get out for the Big Butterfly Count, it's good for them and it's good for you". It says a decline in butterflies is "an early warning" of other wildlife losses.

Over 60,000 people submitted counts during last year's count, the largest ever, but it found that butterflies populations were the lowest they'd been since the count started back in 2010 - something that was attributed to the particularly wet summer we experience last year. Why, count butterflies, of course.

How many butterflies do you think you could count in 15 minutes?

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