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10th Jul 2017

Why not get your class involved with this year’s annual Butterfly count?

It fits in with Animals and Living Things and Habitats and only takes 15 minutes of their time. People are encouraged to pop outside anytime, between July 14th to the 6th August 2017, to see how many butterflies they can spot in 15 minutes. An identification sheet can be downloaded to help with identifying these beautiful insects.

Butterflies react very quickly to change in their environment which makes them excellent biodiversity indicators. Butterfly declines are an early warning for other wildlife losses.

The count assists in identifying trends in species that will help the  Butterfly Conservation charity plan how to protect butterflies from extinction, as well as understand the effect of climate change on wildlife.

You never know, you may be lucky enough to spot the Purple Emperor Butterfly which has some very strange eating habits!  Instead of feeding on pollen from flowers it’s favourite food is fox poo! Maybe ask your children to research its eating habits -  they will be very surprised!

Click the link to download the Identification chart and find out more ways to get involved.

Download our Free Lesson Plan

This easy to follow lesson takes your class through creating a curious creature with peculiar adaptations