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
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'.