Big Butterfly Count 2022: what is it and how do I take part?

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People are asked to help a conservation organization to help them monitor United Kingdom‘s butterfly population this Summer.

Now in its 12th year, The Big Butterfly Count is asking nature lovers to record the number of butterflies they see in their area so the charity can get an overall picture of the UK’s butterfly population.

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The Count was endorsed by several famous faces in the world vicinity and gardening.

They are Sir David AttenboroughButterfly Conservation President, Chris Packham and Nick Baker, Butterfly Conservation Vice President, Joanna Lumley OBE and Alan Titchmarsh MBE.

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So when is the Big Butterfly Count in 2022 and how to participate?

Here’s everything you need to know.

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The Big Butterfly Count asks nature lovers to record the number of butterflies they see in their area.

What is the Big Butterfly Count?

The Great Butterfly Count is a UK survey aimed at helping the charity Butterfly Conservation assess the health of our environment by simply asking people to count the number and species of butterflies they see.

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In addition to butterflies, people are also asked to count the number of some moths flying during the day.

Why is it important to count the number of butterflies?

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Butterflies are an important part of our ecosystem, both as pollinators and as part of the food chain, according to Butterfly Conservation.

However, they are threatened and the number of butterflies and moths in the UK has declined significantly since the 1970s.

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It is therefore important to monitor the butterfly population, especially since the decline in butterflies is also an early warning of other wildlife losses.

For this reason, the charity believes that counting butterflies is vital in the fight to preserve our natural world.

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When will the Great Butterfly Census 2022 take place?

The Big Butterfly Count takes place annually and is organized by the conservation organization Butterfly Conservation.

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This year it will take place between Friday 15 July and Sunday 7 August.

This time of year was chosen because at this time most butterflies are in the adult stage of their life cycle and are therefore more likely to be seen.

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How can I participate in the Big Butterfly Count 2022?

Participating in the Big Butterfly Count is easy.

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In preparation, you’ll need to download Butterfly Conservation’s handy butterfly ID card to help you identify the butterflies you see.

There is also a free app for iOS and Android that you can download to your phone that will help you identify and record the butterflies you spot.

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Once you’re prepared, all you have to do is choose a spot to watch butterflies and moths, watch for 15 minutes, and then record what species you see during that time.

You can also look at this map to see what other people are logging and how your data is contributing to conservation science and research.

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You can take your census anywhere – from parks, school grounds and gardens to fields and forests.

If you spot species that aren’t on our target species list, here’s a handy way to include them with the iRecord butterfly app.

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If you don’t see butterflies, the charity asks people to include that too.

They say it’s very important that people let them know if there are areas where butterflies aren’t being seen, as it could indicate a bigger problem.

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What is the history of the Big Butterfly Count?

The Big Butterfly Count was launched in 2010 and has quickly grown to become the world’s largest census of butterflies.

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Over 107,000 citizen scientists took part in 2021, submitting 152,039 counts of butterflies and diurnal moths from across the UK.

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