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Dear UK,
It is not too late to help protect our butterflies!

The results from this year’s Big Butterfly Count are alarming, but with your help we can make sure the worrying declines of our most iconic butterflies are stopped, before its to late


Familiar species such as the Gatekeeper, Why are our butterflies disappearing?
Comma and Small Copper recorded their lowest numbers ever in this summer’s count. The figures have come as a huge shock,  we must discover more about why these previously widespread butterflies are struggling and identify any new threats to their survival.


Without urgent action our butterflies could disappear forever.

We are close to reaching our £5,000 target, please donate today or share this email with your family and friends. Every penny raised will make a difference to the future of our butterflies.


It is not too late to help protect our butterflies!
With your support we can conduct research to determine the root cause of these devastating declines and take conservation action to protect our beautiful butterflies.

Please donate today

If you have already donated to this appeal thank you for your kind support. It is only through your generosity we will be able to protect our butterflies for future generations.

Thank you for your support

Butterfly Conservation is the UK charity dedicated to saving butterflies and moths. Our research advises people how to conserve and restore habitats. We run programmes for more than 100 threatened species and are involved in conserving thousands of sites and reserves. We rely on donations, memberships and grants to fund our work. With your support we can help butterflies and moths thrive.

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UK Butterfly-Conservation


This is an exert from the email the good guys from the UK Butterfly Conservation sent me.

I have taken the option to put it out to the whole UK population. The UK butterfly population are in dire straights, and any donations will go to helping the folk with the UK Butterfly Conservation group to do what they do best, managing the plight of the UK’s Butterflies.

I don’t know how butterflies are coping worldwide, but wherever they can be found we can help, and its simple. Flowers and shrubs/trees will attract an feed the adults, and of course some might also feed their larvae. However it is usually found that the larvae feed on plants that bare no connection to what their mum’s and dad’s feed on. The red admiral is a good example, for I’m sure the commonly named butterfly bush, Buddleia, is as attracted to us humans, both aesthetically,  and as plant that rewards them with chance of seeing  a good few different species, and the red admiral could be one of its most common diners. As is though, I don’t think there are any UK species that use it as a food plant for their larvae. The red admiral definitely doesn’t, the primary larval foodplant is Common Nettle (Urtica dioica). Hop (Humulus lupulus), Pellitory-of-the-wall (Parietaria judaica) and Small Nettle (Urtica urens) are also used. So it is always worth getting to know what species you see in your gardens, then go see if it is at all possible, that you can arrange dining accommodation for their caterpillars too.

Enjoy nature, invite it into your garden!

Note, all the images bar the one of the peacock are my own work. The latter came with email.

To all, take care, and keep warm this winter!

Mick

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Anna Cottage says:

    Great Post, we cannot be without our Butterflies.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Mick Talbot says:

      Sadly its happening. My thoughts on the cause of their decline, is the wet summers, but we’ll have to see what the experts come up with.

      Liked by 1 person

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