The ‘Big Butterfly Count’ launched

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012
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Have you noticed many butterflies flitting from flower to flower recently in your garden or while out and about in your local park? Seven out of ten butterflies in this country have seen declines in the last decade with some even facing extinction. It is important for us to find out more about our butterflies to help protect and conserve them into the future. Why not come along to your local park and join the Biodiversity Games ‘Big Butterfly Count’ and discover the wonderful variety of butterflies living there and how to identify them. Danielle Begley, Biodiversity Officer for Down and Newry and Mourne District Councils explained, “This is the second series of events as part of the Biodiversity Games, which is a recording project supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, ‘Your Heritage’ Programme in partnership with seven other Biodiversity Officers which aims to get people involved in helping their local biodiversity by ‘getting them recording’.” Danielle added, “Butterflies react quickly to change in their environment which makes them excellent biodiversity indicators. Any recorded declines are a good early warning for the wider biodiversity.” The events are organised in partnership with Butterfly Conservation and the ‘Big Butterfly Count’ which runs from the 14thJuly to 5th August. This is part of a wider UK survey, which can take as little as 15 minutes and is an ideal opportunity to record the butterflies you see in your garden, local park, or anywhere you fancy. The Big Butterfly Count will be launched on Saturday 14th July at Seaforde Gardens, Seaforde from 2-4pm. On Sunday 15th July we will be in Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor from 2-4pm to record the butterflies there. A final butterfly recording event will be held on Monday 16th July from 2-4pm at the Quoile Countryside Centre in Downpatrick. So why not bring the family along for a fun day exploring your local wildlife and counting the butterflies! For further information contact Danielle Begley, Biodiversity Officer tel; (028) 3031 3100 or email; Details can also be found on the Council websites or on
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