With more from Butterfly Conservation’s latest newsletter:
The Big Butterfly Count is back, but where have the species gone?
The Big Butterfly Count is back today – and following the disastrous spring weather, your counts have never been more critical.
Many species of butterflies have had a poor spring or a delay in their emergence following the unseasonably cold and wet weather, with several down in abundance compared with their 10-year average.
We urgently need to understand the impact on this summer’s butterflies and you can help by taking part in the Big Butterfly Count.
It takes just 15 minutes to take part and by doing so, you will help us understand how different species are faring in your area, which in turn will help us target research and conservation work where it’s needed most.
The more people who take part, the more we can understand about butterflies. Spread the word and help save our most threatened species.
If you experience any issues with submitting records via the app please check that you have the latest version of it installed. Most phones automatically update to the newest version but some may not.
The two new species to spot this year!
If you’re in England and Wales, look out for the Jersey Tiger moth. This nationally scarce species can be found flying on warm days and visiting flowers such as Buddleia. They also fly at night and come to light.
If you live in or are visiting Scotland, look out for the Scotch Argus! This butterfly flies in tall, damp grassland. In sunshine, the males fly almost without rest, while the females spend their time basking.
Count on the move with the FREE Big Butterfly Count app for Smartphones