The BIG Butterfly Count 2013

Peacock Butterfly

Peacock Butterfly

You can do your bit to help with conservation over the weekend.

There are around 60 species of butterfly and 2,500 species of moths in the UK, with more establishing every decade following migration from continental Europe. They are found from the shoreline to mountain top, and occur in a wide variety of habitats. Their caterpillars feed mainly on plants, but some moth species feed on roots, lichens and algae as well as other substances such wood and fur. Many species depend on a narrow range of plants or food types for their survival.

Butterflies and moths are one of the most threatened groups of wildlife. In the last 100 years, nearly 70 species have become extinct (4 butterflies and 65 moths). Our recording programmes show that around two-thirds of species are declining and over 170 species are threatened and listed as Priority Species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.

Save our butterflies, moths and the environment by just taking 10-15 minutes of your time, enjoy the sunshine, get the kids involved to see how many butterflies and moths you can find in your garden or surrounding area or parklands.

Jot down your findings and nip to

Butterfly Conservation website.

Joanna Lumley
Take Part

Big Butterfly Count 2013

The Big Butterfly Count will be absolutely fabulous this year with the help of Joanna Lumley. The ‘Ab Fab’ actress, a Marks & Spencer Sustainability Champion, is urging everyone who loves nature to spare 15 minutes to take part in the Count.

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Download The App

New this year is a free smartphone app for Big Butterfly Count. Now you can carry out and submit your Count all in one go while out and about watching butterflies. Now available for iOS and coming soon for Android.

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David Atten

Read The Blog

Attenborough – “Get Out For The Count”

Butterfly Conservation President Sir David Attenborough is urging all wildlife lovers to help take the pulse of UK nature by taking part in the Big Butterfly Count this summer.


Enter Your Photos

Make Your Camera Count

Take a camera on your Count and you could win the first ever Big Butterfly Count photo competition. They are looking for great butterfly images taken on a camera or mobile phone. You can enter as many times as you like but photos must be of Count species.

ID Butterfly A-Z

Need some help with Identification

Small skipper

Small skipper

Check out this page with clear colourful images

Quick drop down colour charts to help you quickly identify your beautiful finds.

Do you want to make a permanent difference then take advantage of half price membership celebrating the first Butterfly Count!

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Please join today, using the promotion code BBC50 to benefit from the half price offer.

4 thoughts on “The BIG Butterfly Count 2013

  1. Donna

    I did not know that butterflies and moths are in serious decline, but there have been very few here this year. Sadly, they are going in the same direction as the bees. I bet there are a lot of insects we will no longer see in the near future.

    1. Natural Ramblings Post author

      Hi Donna, thanks for popping by again. I agree its the same with the bees with farming and pesticides were losing their environments and their food and lava sources. Luckily there are people like us who are stocking up our gardens to try and help. Hopefully more people will too and it wont be too late.
      Thanks again x


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