Here's the perfect excuse to chill out in your garden or any outdoor space this week. Butterfly Conservation have organised the Big Butterfly Count and are looking for everyone to spend just 15 minutes on a sunny day counting the butterflies seen in that time. The website's great for helping you with identification and is the ideal place to record your results.
Like the RSPB garden birdwatch held every January I hope this will become a regular event. Many of our butterflies are endangered so anything which helps to gather masses of information about what's where is going to be most useful for conservationists.
I've already spent my 15 minutes in the garden and spotted:
- 2 large white
- 5 small white
- 1 peacock
- 3 meadow brown
- 1 wall
The count continues until 1st August, so why not make it part of your weekend's activities? You then have until the end of August to send in your findings.