BIG BUTTERFLY COUNT

*** Details of our Gardening for wildlife course offered this autumn in Sutton on Sea can be found at the bottom of this article ***

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Take part in this year’s Big Butterfly count

July 17th – August 9th

EVERYONE CAN TAKE PART … Adults, children and even those who think they are still children

 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. Over 44,000 people took part in 2014, counting almost 560,000 individual butterflies and day-flying moths across the UK (see the 2004 results)

Why count butterflies?                    butterfly

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.

How to take part

    1. Visit http://bigbutterflycount.org and download a butterfly identification chart – it can also be downloaded as an App to your Smartphone.
    2. Simply count butterflies for 15 minutes during bright (preferably sunny) weather during the big butterfly count. We have chosen this time of year because most butterflies are at the adult stage of their lifecycle, so more likely to be seen. Records are welcome from anywhere: from parks, school grounds and gardens, to fields and forests.
    3. Submit your findings to the Big Butterfly Count website.

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Our tutor David Newman will be teaching his Gardening for wildlife course at Sutton on Sea Methodist Church Station Rd LN12 2HJ on Monday mornings 10am-12.40pm

The course runs for 5 meetings and begins on 5th October. The cost is £50.05p or free if you are in receipt of means tested beneifts. Course ID is C2335013

For more details email kay.raby@mypostoffice.co.uk

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