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Big Butterfly Count 2021 – The Results Are In ...

12th October 2021 @ 6:06am – by TWiG
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Thank you to everyone who took part in the Big Butterfly Count 2021. The results are in.

Butterfly Conservation, which counted butterflies and moths between 16 July and 8 August, said the results marked the lowest numbers since the Big Butterfly Count started 12 years ago and called for urgent action to be taken.

Zoë Randle, a senior surveys officer at Butterfly Conservation, said an extremely wet May, which brought the UK's fourth-highest amount of rainfall on record for the month, was a significant factor for butterfly numbers, hindering their breeding and feeding. 'Butterflies don't like the rain at all, they're coldblooded insects. Effectively they're solar-powered', she said.

The 'Top 10' species counted in the UK in the Big Butterfly Count 2021

  • Small White (252,151 counted; -5% on 2020)
  • Large White (229,218; -16%)
  • Meadow Brown (197,060; +33%)
  • Gatekeeper (133,726; -30%)
  • Red Admiral (75,394; -10%)
  • Ringlet (63,311; +81%)
  • Peacock (61,668; -63%)
  • Small Tortoiseshell (38,543; -32%)
  • Marbled White (28,704; +213%)
  • Green-veined White (27,784; -9%

Butterflies form a vital part of the food chain and are considered significant indicators of the health of the environment. Julie Williams, the charity's chief executive, said: 'The facts are clear. Nature is in crisis and we need urgent action, not just to prevent further species losses but to rebuild biodiversity'.

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