Did you know that butterflies taste their surroundings using their feet? No? Me either!
This summer from July 15th – August 7th the Big Butterfly Count is taking over the UK. In 2010 the very first big count took place and since then it’s become the world’s biggest survey of butterflies with 52,000 people taking part last year. That means a lot of people counting a lot of butterflies.
Butterflies in all shapes and sizes react really quickly to changes in their surroundings which means they’re great at telling us what’s going on in our ecosystem. A low butterfly population is a vital warning sign about other possible wildlife losses so the butterfly count really is an important annual event.
Alongside helping to identify decreases in different species the count also helps to protect butterflies from extinction. That’s great because not only are they beautiful to look at, an abundance of butterflies mean that the ecosystem is healthy and thriving.
Yes, you read that right, your part in the Big Butterfly count will only take up a few minutes of your day yet it’ll provide priceless information on the butterfly population.
Each and every one of our Forest Campsites is a fantastic location for wildlife adventures and we’re all prepared and raring to go for the big count.
If you’re staying on one of our sites during July 15th – August 7th ask your site team about the best spot to use for your count. Your holiday site managers will also supply you with a free official Big Butterfly Count ID chart so you can record the species you see. The only other thing you’ll need is a pen, pencil, crayon, felt tip or any other writing tool of your choice!
When you’ve finished your 15 minutes of serious butterfly watching you’ll find the details about how you need to submit your results on your ID chart.
You can submit separate findings for different dates so you can do the 15 minute watch multiple times in either the same or a different location!
To send in your results head to www.bigbutterflycount.org and remember even if you didn’t get to see any butterflies, your results are still really useful.
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