Tuesday 25 July 2017
This July and August, Sir David Attenborough is calling on the public to help reverse butterfly declines by taking part in the world’s largest butterfly survey. The Big Butterfly Count is taking place until 6 August and encourages people to spot and record 18 species of common butterfly and two day-flying moths during three weeks of high summer. The results will also provide an indicator of the health of our wider environment.
The chalk downlands of the Chiltern Hills are a fantastic place to see butterflies which make the most of the wildflowers in bloom. Other butterflies can also be found in woodland sites and, given that over a fifth of the Chilterns are wooded, there are plenty of opportunities to spot butterflies like the Brimstone or Comma.
For more information about the Big Butterfly Count, a free chart and smartphone app, visit the Butterfly Conservation website. You will need to set aside 15 minutes to watch butterflies and record what you see. You could spot butterflies in your garden or local park and there are hundreds of great places to see wildlife across the Chilterns such as College Lake (Berks, Bucks and Oxon wildlife trust), Prestwood Local Nature Reserve (The Chiltern Society), Ashridge Estate (National Trust) or Barton Hills (Natural England). Our interactive map has details of commons, woods and nature reserves across the area.
Let us know how you get on and please tweet your photos – we would love to see them! @ChilternsAONB