Citizen Science Challenge #7: Big Butterfly Count
Here in the UK we’re very lucky to have a whole host of well established butterfly recording schemes. There’s everything from first sightings, migrant watches, a national moth recording scheme (you have to feel sorry for them, who prefers moths to butterflies!) and the flagship BIG BUTTERFLY COUNT.
Taking place from July 20th to August 11th, up and down the country all sorts of people will be sparing 15 minutes out of their day to count butterflies. Why does it matter? Well, butterflies are excellent indicators of wider ecosystem services. Some savvy folk have described it as ‘taking the pulse of nature’.
How to Take Part:
Step 1 – Download the rather handsome ID chart, with all the species you are likely to see (you can even get it in Welsh and Gaelic!).
Have you given the Big Butterfly Count (or any of the other citizen science projects!) a go? Share your experiences with everyone else in the comments below.