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If you and your family – and it is a good family activity – opt to take part in the Big Butterfly Count, then let us know here on the Hedon Blog how you have found the plight of our butterflies in Hedon!
“Taking the pulse of nature”
BUTTERFLIES ARE DISAPPEARING at an alarming rate. Their decline reveals the poor health of our environment. People across the country are being asked to take part in a nationwide survey to help Butterﬂy Conservation and help assess the health of the local environment.
The Big Butterfly Count takes place from Saturday 19th July until Sunday 10th August 2014. It involves people downloading a butterfly identification chart and spending 15 minutes – preferably on a bright, sunny day – in a garden, park or on a walk, and counting the butterflies they see.
The results are then logged online.
The survey is being organised by the charity Butterfly Conservation. Butterflies react very quickly to any change in their environment and any butterfly declines are an early warning for other wildlife losses. The Butterfly Conservation’s national President Sir David Attenborough has described the Butterfly Count as “taking the pulse of nature”.