Butterflies and Buddleja

4 August 2020

Over the past two weeks I've been getting involved with the Big Butterfly Count, spending 15 minutes in the garden to record how many different species of butterfly visit the garden. I've always had such a big love for butterflies and moths, but I can't help but notice how over the years there has been a massive decline in these beautiful insects. They are important parts for the ecosystem but unfortunately the numbers have decreased since the 1970s due to pollution, change of weather patterns and loss of their habitats. Tracking numbers of butterflies is crucial for conserving the natural world and that's why the Butterfly Conservations needs our help to count species that visit our gardens and many other spaces around us.
I've spotted a lot more butterflies than usual in the garden this year. One a bright sunny day I'll spot red admirals, peacocks, large whites and holly blues fluttering around the buddleja tree. The other day I even spotted a comma butterfly, one which I don't think I've ever seen before in the garden. There's plenty of things you can do to attract more butterflies in your garden such as planting nectar-rich flowers, these could be lavender, red campion, primrose, bluebells etc. You could also make a butterfly feeder by placing a saucer in a sunny, warm spot with overripe fruits. Or adding a quarter cup of sugar to two cups of water and dissolve in a pan, leave it to cool for 30 minutes and soak bright cloth in the mixture and hang outside next to flowers. 

It's the last week of the Big Butterfly Count and so I will be spending some more time outside seeing what butterflies flutter my way!

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