The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) is proud to support the Big Butterfly Count 2013. As well as sharing a founder – Sir Peter Scott – with Butterfly Conservation, we also share a love of this beautiful little insect that is such a quintessential part of the English Summer.
Butterflies have long been a childhood favourite and form some of our earliest memories of nature. But they need our help if butterflies are to remain a long-term feature of our gardens.
WWT Wetland Centres are great places to take part in the Big Butterfly Count. Wildlife clusters near water so there is always something to see at a Wetland Centre. As well as butterflies you can see hundreds of species of birds and other wetland creatures like dragonflies, otters and watervoles in their natural environment.
Wetland Centre experiences range from canoe safaris, boat rides and pond dipping to arts and craft, mazes and play areas and always include guaranteed close-up wildlife encounters.
Many centres also have specially created habitats that attract butterflies and other insects, as well as butterfly and minibeast walks and talks. This summer all nine WWT Wetland Centres are giving out free spotter sheets (ask at the admissions desk) so you have a truly worthwhile day out by recording the butterflies you see and reporting your findings to Butterfly Conservation.
Over summer and the school holidays, all nine WWT Wetland Centres are running programmes of activity for all the family – from walks, talks and otter feeds, to crafts, pond dipping and Citizen Science projects.
To find out more about the WWT Wetland Centres and events see http://www.wwt.org.uk/