Can you tell your red admirals from your peacocks?

Red admirals, peacocks, meadow brown, tortoiseshell, gatekeeper…  These are just some of the wonderfully evocative names of our butterfly species.  Why not go for a stroll and see if you can spot these beautiful creatures?  You don’t have to go far, try your local park or go to a nature reserve or wildlife site near you.   If you do know your red admirals from your peacocks, or you’d like to learn, you could take part in Butterfly Conservation’s annual Big Butterfly Count that runs from 15 July – 7 August.  You will be joining many other wildlife enthusiasts including the eminent Sir David Attenborough who said, “It is vitally important that we gain a clearer picture of how our butterflies are faring. That is why taking part in the Big Butterfly Count is so important – it helps us build a picture of how butterflies are doing in our own neighbourhoods and what help they need from us.”

If you want to find butterflies with an expert, see below for a few organised butterfly events or go to Butterfly Conservations Devon events.  It’s time to get outside and enjoy the summer butterflies!

Butterflies & Caterpillars at Cockington on 28 July 2016
Location: Cockington Country Park – look for the greeen gazebo and flags in the park!  Time: 11am – 4pm,  Cost: FREE.  Booking: Not necessary – just drop in!

All of a flutter at Aylesbeare Common – an East Devon Heath Week Event, Friday 29 July, 11 am-1 pm, Price: Adult £4, child £2, Booking essential.

Sir David Attenborough launches the Big Butterfly Count 2015, at London Wetland Centre, on 17 July 2015.

Sir David Attenborough launches the Big Butterfly Count 2015, at London Wetland Centre, on 17 July 2015. Copyright Helen Atkinson