More than 10,000 counts are in but where are all the butterflies?

The number of Counts submitted so far this year is low compared to last year and so are the butterfly sightings. We really need you to take part in The Big Butterfly Count if we are to get a meaningful picture of butterfly numbers this year!

The wettest spring and early summer on record got our Big Butterfly Count off to a very damp start. However, right now things are looking a lot more like the Great British Summer we all dream of.

Across southern Britain there's wall-to-wall blue skies, warm breezes and the smell of summer is finally in the air. But where have all the butterflies gone?

People are reporting that although the sun is shining, they are seeing very few butterflies on the now blossoming buddleias and lavender in their gardens. However, don't be downhearted - there are lots of butterflies out there! If you try places with long grasses and wildflowers, such as parks, churchyards, woodland glades, fields and nature reserves, you should be treated to a spectacular display of burnet moths, Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers, Ringlets, skippers and Marbled Whites.

So please make the most of the weather and get involved in The Big Butterfly Count 2012 today. We, and the butterflies, really need your help.

Don't forget you can do as many counts as you like, and even if you don't spot a single butterfly a zero count is still important to us! We need your Big Butterfly Count results more than ever to assess how this year's unusual weather has affected our butterflies.

Why not join the count online? Wildlife celebrities such as Nick Baker, Mike Dilger, and Martin Hughes Games have all Tweeted their Big Butterfly Count wishes to our Twitter page @savebutterflies with the hash tag #butterflycount. You can also join in on our Facebook Page.

Visit the Big Butterfly Count website to download your free identification chart and send us your results.