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Out and about with a flutter

3 August 2021

Residents are encouraged to get out and about in the borough’s parks and open spaces to complete the Big Butterfly Count.

The Big Butterfly Count is a UK-wide survey aimed at helping the Butterfly Conservation assess the health of our environment. Butterflies and moths are vital parts of the ecosystem as both pollinators and components of the food chain, yet the number of butterflies and moths in the UK have decreased significantly since the 1970s. Butterfly declines are an early warning for other wildlife losses, so the count helps scientists understand changes to the environment.

Download the free iRecord Butterflies app on the App Store or on Google Play, take a walk in one of the 128 parks and open spaces across the borough and start recording your butterfly sightings. You can also download and use the butterfly chart to help spot different species of butterflies.

Residents are encouraged to send photos and videos of the butterflies they spot and the location of where they are to, so that Richmond Council can share the images with the rest of the borough. Alternatively, post your images on social media tagging Richmond Council on Twitter, Facebook (@LBRuT) or Instagram (@Richmond_council) and use the #RichmondClimateAction.

By being involved in the Big Butterfly Count, you will also benefit from getting out and about and being active. Include a brisk walk to where you want to look for butterflies and this will count toward the NHS recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise for adults. The Big Butterfly Count also makes for the perfect family summer activity, so get the kids involved!

View a full list of the borough's parks and open spaces.

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Up to: August 2021

Updated: 3 August 2021