2016 seems to be a bad year for butterflies, with a warm winter, cool spring and a sunless summer. I’ve certainly seen fewer in my garden than I remember from last year. And this impacts on other species too, such as Blue Tits that feed caterpillars to their young – one chick can eat up to 100 in a day.
The Big Butterfly Count is a really important annual survey to assess just how things are for our butterfly species – it takes just 15 mins of your time to record the species you see in your garden or local park. The survey deadline is the end of August.
Read more about it all in this Guardian article here