Butterfly Conservation Half Price Membership Offer

Who wouldn’t want to see more butterflies in their garden?  (I’ll ignore the gentleman at the back, raising his hand).

(Just some of the moth and butterfly species in ‘my’ gardens)

Well, they’re really quite easy to attract.  For example, you could plant cabbages: you’ll get flurries of cabbage whites.  Not what you had in mind?  Then simply plant nectar rich flowers.  (In the above photos, six different butterflies are feeding on Verbena bonariensis – a great food source).   And if you have the space leave an area of garden wild: both small tortoiseshell and peacock caterpillars feed on nettles.

Eyed Hawk-moth

Eyed Hawk-moth

And another way of helping to increase both moth and butterfly numbers is by joining the charity Butterfly Conservation – one of the largest insect conservation organisations in the world.  Until 31st May 2015, and to herald the onset of spring, Butterfly Conservation are offering half price membership.  Under this offer, single membership for the first year is just £1.25 per month.   For that you’ll help conserve endangered species and their habitat; and add your voice to various campaigns on wider environmental issues.  As a member you’ll receive a pack of butterfly-food flower seeds and all this too:

  • Member only gardening book written by Kate Bradbury
  • A welcome pack with membership card, set of collectable postcards and useful information
  • Butterfly magazine three times a year, packed with fascinating features and stunning photos
  • Essential advice on gardening for butterflies and moths
  • Regular e-newsletters with the latest news, info and offers
  • Membership of your local branch, with regular newsletters
  • Invitations to local guided walks, talks, conservation action days and social events

To join, click on this link – Butterfly Conservation Website – and enter the code GARDEN1550.

Oh, almost forgot – you get a free car sticker too.

Big Butterfly Count

The charity Butterfly Conservation is holding its annual Big Butterfly Count – the biggest butterfly survey in the world.

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Hummingbird Hawk-Moth. The Old Forge, July 2014

Starting today and running until 10th August, this is an easy and fun opportunity to help butterfly and moth conservation in the UK.

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If you’d like to take part, simply wait for a sunny spell and spend 15 minutes either on a walk or sitting in a garden, wood or park with a mug of tea (not compulsory) and count any butterflies and moths you see.

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Tortoiseshell, The Priory yesterday

You can download a smart phone app for the count from Butterfly Conservation or be retro-groovy and just jot down what you see on a sheet of paper.  (But you’ll need to re-join the real world to enter your results online).  You can do as many counts as you like, on different days and from different locations.

Marbled White, July 2012

Marbled White, July 2012

Please do take part.  The information you provide will help chart population trends and might even save certain species from extinction.

Meadow Brown, The Priory yesterday

Meadow Brown, The Priory yesterday

There is further information, an ID chart and that app (iOS or Android) at the Big Butterfly Count websiteAnd if you could re-blog, tweet, like this on Facebook, tell your family and friends and help promote the count in any other way that would be great.  Obviously, the more people taking part, the better.

Butterfly Conservation are also running an online raffle.  Tickets are £1 with a top prize of £500.  Further details – here.