It’s not the first time butterflies have been affected by drought in the UK. The difference in 2022’s drought compared to 1976 is that nowadays most UK butterfly species are already in decline.
“We are hearing that people feel there are fewer butterflies around.”
There’s still time take part in the Big Butterfly Count which runs until 7th of August.
Take Part in the Big Butterfly Count
This year’s Big Butterfly Count runs from the 15th July to the 7th August.
New Red List of Butterflies: Half of Britain’s remaining butterfly species are listed as threatened or Near Threatened
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
Create a Pit Stop for Pollinators
“By providing a pit stop for pollinators, you will be doing your bit for the insects that allow us to survive. Without them, we are gone. ” Alan Titchmarsh
Join In The Big Butterfly Count
From 16th of July to 8th of August a huge citizen science butterfly count is taking place. Run by Butterfly Conservation the survey is an important source of data about our butterflies.
Citizen Science: Butterfly Recording
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.