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It’s that time of year again when the charity Butterfly Conservation asks us all to take part in the Big Butterfly Count. It’s very easy and great fun too so hopefully we can encourage as many people as possible to take part!

This year the Big Butterfly Count takes place between 20th July and 11th August. It’s very easy to take part. All you have to do is….

Step 1. – Get Ready

Visit www.bigbutterflycount.org, sign up for the Count newsletter and download the handy Butterfly ID chart.

Step 2. – Join In

Choose a suitable location, this could be your garden, a park, your school grounds, woodland or meadow and then spend 15 minutes recording what butterflies and moths you see. Use the Butterfly ID chart you downloaded in step 1 to help keep your record. Make a note of ALL butterflies you see even if they don’t appear on the ID chart. Make sure you take a camera with you so you can take photos of any butterflies or moths you can’t easily identify.

Step 3. – Submit Sightings

The next step is to submit your findings. Visit www.bigbutterflycount.org and click on the ‘Submit Sightings‘ button. Fill in your count details and add any additional info about other butterflies you recorded in the box provided. Click on the Next button and you’ll be asked where you made your sightings. You’ll just need to provide the date, a description of the habitat and your post code. Then click the Next button.

Next, you’ll be asked for a little bit more info about yourself. Fill this info in then click the Review button. Review your details and then press the Submit My Sightings button. It’s as easy as that!

Big-Butterfly-Count-App-300 You can do as many counts in different locations as you like. The website will remember some of your details so your next sightings will be even quicker to submit!

If you have a smartphone its even easier to submit your sightings! Simply download the Big Butterfly Count app and follow the instructions. It’s very straightforward and easy to use. However, I noticed one or the two of the questions requiring a Yes/No answer had a button that says On/Off rather than Yes/No. Not a big problem but not what I expected!

Well, as you can see from the photo below I’m all ready to do my first ‘Big Butterfly Count’ of the season. All I need now is for it to stop raining and the sun to come out!

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The Big Butterfly Count is the biggest butterfly survey of its kind in the world. Last year almost 27,000 people took part counting 223,000 individual butterflies and day flying moths across the UK. Let’s try and make this year even more of a success and encourage as many friends and family to take part too!

Here is a short video of Mike Dilger introducing the Big Butterfly Count back in 2012….