Big Butterfly Count

Big Butterfly Count

Project Animal(s) : Butterfly
Project Category : Insects
Project Region : Global
Project Type : Conservation
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Project is timebound? : No

The big butterfly count is a UK wide survey aimed at helping assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world’s biggest survey of butterflies. Over 36,000 people took part recently, counting almost 400,000 individual butterflies and day-flying moths across the UK and around the world.

While the long-term trends of butterflies and moths tend to result from human activities such as habitat destruction and climate change, short-term changes, from year to year, butterfly generation to generation, are typically caused by natural factors such as the weather and populations of parasites. So, in cold, wet summers, such as in 2012, butterfly populations often crash, while in good summers, such as 2013, they bounce back.

Big Butterfly Count needs your help to get more people involved in the project . The more participants, the more we learn about butterflies and moths and how they are faring. This means we can plan and target the work where it is needed most.

Project Researcher : Butterfly Conservation

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Hold an event for your friends and family to make them aware of the Big Butterfly Count or use an existing social meeting or club to spread the message. Butterflies are beautiful and finding one is a delight. Share your enthusiasm and encourage people you know to get out for the count.