The trend for butterflies across Scotland remains a concerning one
This year’s Big Butterfly Count runs from the 15th July to the 7th August.
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While land-use change remains the most important driver of decline, the impact of climate change on butterflies is also evident in the new Red List
Whilst men splash it all over, butterflies have evolved to produce a strongly scented chemical in their genitals that they leave behind after sex to deter other males from pursuing their women.
B-Lines is a response to the decline of bees and other pollinating insects, a plan for how to reconnect our wild places by creating a network of wildflowers across our landscapes.
It has seen a reduction in the average number of butterflies logged per count of -34% in comparison with 2019 .
The Small Copper butterfly appears to be struggling, with numbers in Scotland falling by a third in the last ten years.
The Mabie Forest nature reserve near Dumfries is one of the richest Scottish sites for butterflies.
The public have been asked to help in monitoring and recording butterflies as lockdown has restricted movement to the scientists who would have been out and about doing it.
“Even something as simple as going to a local public park or sitting by a window to watch butterflies can be beneficial to our mental health.”