Join the butterfly count

Sir David Attenborough launches the Big Butterfly Count 2014, at London Wetland Centre, on 18 July 2014.
Sir David Attenborough launches the Big Butterfly Count 2014, at London Wetland Centre, on 18 July 2014.

Sir David Attenborough is calling on people in East Scotland to help reverse butterfly declines by planting nectar sources for pollinating insects in their gardens.

The President of Butterfly Conservation is launching the world’s largest butterfly survey – the Big Butterfly Count - and to celebrate the first weekend, free events are being held in the area.

Sir David said: “The UK’s butterflies really need your help this summer. Three-quarters are in decline and one-third in danger of extinction. The ongoing and alarming loss of their habitat is a major and worrying factor in their falling numbers.”

Experts from Butterfly Conservation’s East Scotland Branch will be leading a butterfly count, guided walks and moth trapping at the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Balgavies Loch on Sunday, July 19. Moth trapping and a butterfly count will also be held that same day at Duthie Park by the River Dey.

For nature lovers who can’t attend these events, Sir David Attenborough is calling on them to plant pots in their gardens or window ledges, using nectar sources such as Catmint, Lavender, Oregano, Echinacea and Cranesbill.

He said: “By taking one simple step you can help to reverse this loss. Plant a few pots in your garden or on your window ledge with the right plants and you can provide butterflies, moths and other pollinating insects with a lifeline of food and shelter.

Further details of everything that’s happening across East Scotland can be found at www.butterfly-conservation.org/EastScotland