The big butterfly count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping us assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world's biggest survey of butterflies.
Visitors will be able to pick up a basic butterfly ID sheet and map with some of the best spots to sit and count butterflies marked on it. Once you've found a good butterfly spotting spot, take 15 minutes and write down all of the butterflies you see in that time. Please return your recording sheets, etc. to reception before you leave.
Over 36,000 people took part in 2016, counting almost 400,000 individual butterflies and day-flying moths across the UK.
Why count butterflies?
Butterflies react very quickly to change in their environment which makes them excellent biodiversity indicators. Butterfly declines are an early warning for other wildlife losses.
That’s why counting butterflies can be described as taking the pulse of nature.
The count will also assist us in identifying trends in species that will help us plan how to protect butterflies from extinction, as well as understand the effect of climate change on wildlife!
Time 10:30am to 5pm
Phone 01803 842382