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Today is the start of the Big Butterfly count in the UK. 19 July to 11 August 2019.

You can download an identification chart from Big Butterfly Count, there is a free App and you can also read about how to count them. Yes I know we can all count but we need to be sure we do not count the same Butterfly more than once.

Counting butterflies can be described as taking the pulse of nature: butterflies react very quickly to changes in their environment which makes them great biodiversity indicators. The count will help scientists identify trends in species.

Choosing the right weather ( bright and sunny ) is important.

I think today’s weather will not be suitable (rain) but there’s plenty of time to take part.

Celebrity endorsers, if you’re interested in such stuff, include Sir David Attenborough, President of Butterfly Conservation, Alan Titchmarsh MBE, and Joanna Lumley OBE.

I shall take part armed with one of my favourite little books: A Butterfly Book for the pocket by Edmund Sandars. ( Oxford University Press London: Humphrey Milford 1939). I found it on a market in Old Amersham many years ago.

The pictures above were taken by me in 2012. Time to get counting and to take some new pictures! I hope you will take part.

Thanks for reading. D.