Published on July 14th, 2014 | by admin


Join the Big Butterfly Count

What is the big butterfly count?

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. This year it is taking place from July 19th until August 10th.

How to take part

Count butterflies for 15 minutes during bright (preferably sunny) weather during the big butterfly count. Records are welcome from anywhere: from parks, school grounds and gardens, to fields and woods.

If you are counting from a fixed position in your garden, count the maximum number of each species that you can see at a single time. For example, if you see three Red Admirals together on a buddleia bush then record it as 3, but if you only see one at a time then record it as 1 (even if you saw one on several occasions) – this is so that you don’t count the same butterfly more than once . If you are doing your count on a walk, then simply total up the number of each butterfly species that you see during the 15 minutes. You can submit separate records for different dates and places that you visit.

How to identify butterflies

Download the butterfly identification chart to help you recognise what butterflies you see.

How to submit your sightings

You can send in your sightings online at or by using a FREE big butterfly count smartphone apps available for iOS and Android.


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