July sees the start of Butterfly Conservation’s BIG BUTTERFLY COUNT. This nationwide survey, running from 14th July to 5th August aims to help Butterfly Conservation assess the health of our environment.
To prepare yourself for this butterfly bonanza, why not flit over to Denmark Farm on 8th July to take part in our own summer butterfly survey?
The event starts at 2 pm and runs for about 2 hours, including refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits £1 per person). No previous experience necessary. Suitable for all ages – from caterpillar through to fully emerged adult!
We’ll show you how to take part in the Big Butterfly Count, and take you on a butterfly hunt around our flower-rich meadows (bring suitable outdoor footwear and clothing). Recent butterfly sightings have included the meadow brown and small heath, with speckled woods frequently using the dappled shade of our woodland paths to patrol their territories.
You’ll also have the opportunity to flutter around our courtyard butterfly borders, and find out how to encourage more butterflies into your own garden.
Tortoiseshell butterflies on ice plant (sedum), Denmark Farm
If you’d like to learn more about butterflies and other insects, we still have a few places left on two of our July training courses: Entomology – The Larger Insects of Wales and Discovering Bumblebees. Click on the links for more information and booking details.
Finger’s (and wings) crossed for some drier weather in July!