Let the Counting Commence

The Big Butterfly Count 2012 starts this weekend!

Sir David Attenborough made a public appeal this week, encouraging people to take part in the count, amid fears that butterflies could suffer serious population crashes following record-breaking wet weather.

Speaking at London Zoo on Wednesday, Attenborough, Butterfly Conservation’s President said: “The wet weather this spring and early summer has made life really hard for our butterflies and things could get worse unless conditions improve.

You can play a vital role in the battle to secure their future. By taking part in the Big Butterfly Count you will be providing important information that could help turn their fortunes around.”

Watch wildlife presenter and Butterfly Conservation Vice President Mike Dilger, from BBC’s The One Show, explain how you can be part of the Big Butterfly Count in this short film.

Or visit the Big Butterfly Count website to download your free identification chart and get started. See if you can beat the bad weather and spot some butterflies!

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