Mystery over low butterfly counts
It is still a mystery as to why the butterfly counts were so low this summer. It came as a shock to Butterfly Conservation’s recording team. Butterfly numbers were poor in 2012 but that was put down to the cold, wet conditions – this summer was relatively good. Possible causes for the decline this year are: the mild winter may have had some sort of negative effect, or the cold spring, or perhaps it is an indication that intensive farming and the use of pesticides is starting to hit the species.
Despite this, more than 36,000 people participated in the Big butterfly count this year which is a testament to Butterfly Conservation members and the wider public.