Our Butterflies Need Your Help

Red Admiral ButterfyAnyone can enjoy butterflies and record them.  You do not have to be an expert.

Our overall aim is to continue to create wildlife corridors within and between our villages.   By improving habitats we can increase the number and diversity of butterflies,  year by year.  By recording what we see in 2011, we can produce baseline information that could be used for monitoring populations in future years. 

This is being organised by the parishes in Barnack Ward.  Please register your interest in taking part with Frieda Gosling, 01780 740343, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Zena Coles, 01780 740550, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will take it from there.

Did you know?

•    There are only 58 commonly occurring butterfly species in Britain, 56 residents and 2 migrants, Painted Lady and Clouded Yellow, which fly in from continental Europe each year.

•    Our 10 most common butterflies are Large White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Comma, Painted Lady, Meadow Brown and Brimstone.

•    The number of species threatened with extinction has doubled since the 1990s.

•    Butterflies are regarded as key indicators of the condition of the environment.

Some suggestions for attracting butterflies into your garden this summer

•    Sowing seeds in a container, such as marjoram, thyme, marigold, nasturtium,

•    Growing buddleia, aubretia, lavender, honesty, pansy, primrose, forget-me-not,

•    Letting an area grow wild, for example dandelion, daisy, and some tall grass, even stinging nettles in a large container sunk in the ground to stop them spreading,

•    Growing wild flowers such as bird`s foot trefoil, scabious.

For more information about butterfly conservation see the website www.butterfly-conservation.org   Frieda Gosling