Posted 17th Mar 2016 by Peter Byrne
A wildlife charity is asking gardeners to help record butterfly species seen throughout the year to help plug the gap in our knowledge of our butterflies
With many of Britain's butterflies currently endangered, Butterfly Conservation is planning to use the information to find out which species are in trouble and their favourite habitats. Often overlooked in favour of open country butterflies, their garden cousins are in a serious decline.
Speaking about them was Richard Fox, head of recording at the Butterfly Conservation, who said: "We know very little about how butterflies are faring in our gardens or even how important gardens are as a habitat for them.”
To try and fill in the gaps, everyone participating in the Garden Butterfly Survey will be asked for details, including the size of their garden, location and the plant cover, along with the amount of butterflies spotted. The count will be held all year round, as species that were once only seen in winter such as the red admiral are now around all year.
If you would like to find out more visit Garden Butterfly Survey.
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