BRITAIN'S best known naturalist Sir David Attenborough is urging residents of Solihull to get involved in Save our Butterflies Week from July 24 to August 1.
The aim is to build a picture of how butterflies are faring across Britain and is being backed by the Butterfly Conservation charity and nationwide retailer Marks & Spencer.
“Seven out of ten butterflies in this country have seen declines in the last decade with some even facing extinction,” said Councillor John Reeve, who holds the cabinet post for the environment at Solihull council but who is also a key figure in the Warwickshire branch of Butterfly Conservation.
“In Warwickshire the Small-blue butterfly has suffered particularly badly as a result of lost colonies with numbers falling year on year.”
By focusing efforts on habitat creation and restoration the charity has been able to reversed the fortunes not only of this species but other habitat specific species like Grizzled and Dingy Skipper resulting in increased numbers on previous summers.
“The RSPB has successfully run a garden bird count and we want to do exactly the same for butterflies,” said Coun Reeve, who added that a neglected a corner of your garden could easily become a haven for beautiful butteflies.
Sir David Attenborough, the President of Butterfly Conservation, said: “The Big Butterfly Count should be great fun. Butterflies are extraordinary, heart lifting creatures – visions of beauty and visions of summer. Butterflies in profusion tell us all is well with nature. When they decline it’s a warning that other wildlife will be soon be heading the same way. So with the Big Butterfly Count we’ll be doing more than just counting butterflies – we’ll be taking the pulse of nature.”
To find out more about Warwickshire’s butterflies visit www.warwickshire-butterflies.org.uk for more on the Big Butterfly Count visit www.bigbutterfly-count.org