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Published on 14.07.20 in Nature

Big Butterfly Count

Get ready for the Big Butterfly Count - it starts this week!

Between Friday 17 July and Sunday 9 August 2020 choose a place to spot butterflies and moths. Watch for 15 minutes. Then record which species you see.

The Big Butterfly Count is a nationwide citizen science survey aimed at helping to assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world's biggest survey of butterflies. Over 113,500 citizen scientists took part in 2019, submitting 116,009 counts of butterflies and day-flying moths from across the UK.

Go to the Big Butterfly Count website to download a free butterfly ID chart or free app to help you identify and record the butterflies you spot.

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Big Butterfly Competition (****COMPETITION NOW CLOSED****)

To stimulate your butterfly conversations and activities, we're offering an inspirational bundle of butterfly goodies.

You could win

To enter the competition email the answer to this question to

Q: What kind of butterfly is featured in the Life cycle of a butterfly that we are giving away? (clue, click the link to find out!)

Closing date for this competition is 9am Monday 20 July 2020.
For full competition terms & conditions click here.

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Go wild for butterflies!

The Wildlife Trusts and the RHS set up Wild About Gardens to celebrate wildlife gardening and to encourage people to use their gardens to take action to help support nature.

Grow a Secret Garden for Butterflies is a free downloadable pdf guide to UK butterflies and moths, with life cycles guide & facts, best plants to grow, and games to play.

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Take part in the England Tree Strategy

The government is asking for views on:

  • how to expand, protect and improve our public and private trees and woodlands
  • the increased role that trees and woodlands can play in supporting the economy
  • how best to further connect people to nature
  • the most effective way in which trees and woodlands can be created and managed to help combat climate change.

"Everyone – from farmers, foresters and land managers, experts and environmental organisations, to members of the public – is being invited to give their views on the future creation and management of our trees, woodlands and forests."

We think that everyone should include everyone who loves trees and is working outdoors with children and adults.

We are very proud of England's trees and woodlands and do what we can to support them - which is why all our own brand wood products are UK-grown and sourced from sustainable woodlands supporting skilled workers and the land they work on.

More information and link to the online survey on the government website here.


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Butterfly Cutter

£0.76 exVAT

Perfect for baking biscuits or butterfly pizzas of course, but you could also use this cutter to cut leaf decorations or mud moths!

Owl-shaped cutter also available.

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Trail Disc - Minibeasts - Butterfly

£1.29 exVAT

Create a butterfly trail or treasure hunt with this UK-grown hardwood disc, with a hole drilled in top for hanging or threading.

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Minibug Butterfly Bistro

£13.29 exVAT

In summer use as a feeding station, in winter it becomes a cosy retreat for non-migratory butterflies.

Comes with a project book & magnifying glass.

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We really do encourage you to get outside if you can - the benefits to your health and wellbeing are huge - you can read all about them on the Outdoor Hub here.

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The Outdoor Hub has a wealth of inspiring activities, events and information. Each section has been designed to encourage engagement in the outdoors, connection with nature and to help spark imaginative play and creativity.

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