Big Butterfly Count 2013 – Spotting

Our garden is full of butterflies this summer and the children have been encouraged to let everybody know when they spot one and then try to identify it from the Big Butterfly Count spotting card that is stuck to the fridge door.

 

We have seen lots of large, small and green-veined whites – although it is not so easy to tell them apart!

One of our best spots was a small tortoiseshell on the little trampoline:

 

Armed with our spotting cards, we set off for the morning to Brockholes Nature Reserve. Our plan was to take part in the Big Butterfly Count and note down how many of each type of butterfly we spotted in a fifteen minute time frame. Seriously – this was impossible as there were SO SO many!!!

 

Here are some of the different butterflies that we spotted:

a small white, a gatekeeper and one that was not on the spotting sheet

  

We also saw plenty of stripy cinnabar moth caterpillars on these yellow flowers:

As well as looking at hundreds of butterflies, we found fungi:

  

And the children spent a long time practising their balancing skills on these large stone slabs that we came across:

   

 

The Big Butterfly Count runs 20 July – 11 August this year. You can find more information and download your own spotting sheets from www.bigbutterflycount.org

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