Sir David Attenborough is urging people across Lanarkshire to spend Saturday 10 March taking action for butterflies to mark the 50th anniversary of wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation (BC).
The charity is celebrating its landmark birthday by holding a UK-wide conservation day of action, where it’s hoped a record number of people will carry out practical work to improve and create habitats for their local butterfly and moth species.
More than three-quarters of the UK’s butterflies and two-thirds of our larger moths have declined in the last 40 years.
BC President Sir David Attenborough said: “Half a century ago a small group of naturalists became so concerned about the plight of the UK’s butterflies that they decided to join forces to protect them.
“That organisation became Butterfly Conservation and 50 years later the need for people who care about our butterflies and moths is greater than ever before.
“You can do your bit for butterflies by taking part in Butterfly Conservation’s Day of Action on Saturday 10th March. By working together we can all take some simple steps to provide butterflies with a future.”
People are invited to join BC’s Glasgow and SW Scotland Branch between 12pm and 3pm at Braehead Moss, near Lanark, where conservation tasks will benefit the Large Heath butterfly. There will also be a chance for families to take a guided walk.
The Scottish Minister for Public Health and Sport and MSP for Clydesdale, Aileen Campbell, will also be at the event to officially open a new boardwalk at Braehead Moss.
Director of BC Scotland, Paul Kirkland, said: “It’s fantastic to have Aileen Campbell at this event, not only to celebrate our special birthday, but because she is a Species Champion for the Large Heath Butterfly, which is found at this site.
“We’re asking people to email firstname.lastname@example.org to book their place at this event and help us maintain habitat for this butterfly, which will involve removing small birch trees that are growing on the bog.
“BC Branches from all over the UK will be holding similar anniversary events on Saturday 10 March, so this could end up being one of the biggest conservation days in BC’s history.”
BC was founded in March 1968 and is now one of the largest insect conservation organisations in the world.
The charity runs projects to protect more than 100 threatened species, as well as conserving hundreds of sites and reserves across the country.
People can find out more information on the events taking place near them by visiting: www.butterfly-conservation.org/events