Big Butterfly Count

butterfly count

Join in on the biggest butterfly count this summer

Everyone across the UK is being encouraged to join in on the big butterfly count around the British Isles over the summer months.

The Big Butterfly Count runs from 20 July to  August 12, and to participate all you need is 15 minutes, an area of space, an ID chart and to record your findings. Last year more than 60,000 people submitted their findings and Sir David Attenborough is encouraging you to take part this year, as it promotes good mental health.

The Big Butterfly Count

big butterfly count

Sir David Attenburgh, who is president of the charity, had this to say about participating.

“A few precious moments spent watching a stunning red admiral or peacock butterfly feeding amongst the flowers in my garden never fails to bring me great pleasure.

“Spending time with nature offers us all precious breathing space away from the stresses and strains of modern life, it enables us to experience joy and wonder, to slow down and to appreciate the wildlife that lives side by side with us.”

Last year was a terrible year for butterflies, with it being the 7th worse year on record according to results from the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme. The UK has suffered 10 terrible years for butterflies with some of the rare species like the Grizzling Skipper and the Grayling falling drastically in numbers. The white butterfly, which was once considered a pest it was so common, fell by 19% in 2017.

It is hoped the Big Butterfly Count will not only record a bumper year for butterflies but also improve the mental health of the nation. The UK mental health charity Mind is also supporting the event.

Good for mental health

It is said that spending time in nature can help alleviate anxiety and depression. Butterflies have been recorded since the 1970’s and their decline in recent years is attributed to climate change.


Take part in the challenge yourself by downloading your ID form from the Big Butterfly Count website here 

Karlie Simmonds

Karlie has worked in Digital Media for over 10 years, she is passionate about health and wellbeing and lives in Edinburgh with her partner, children, and Pug, Poppy.