Almost 75% Decline in Population of Butterflies in the UK in the Last Decade

Almost 75% Decline in Population of Butterflies in the UK in the Last Decade

Joanna Lumley is an actress, but she is a keen gardener as well. She has turned her attention to better the plight of the humble butterfly. She backed this year's Big Butterfly Count. Butterfly Conservation and Marks & Spencer conduct the world's biggest survey of butterflies.

Lumley explained, "I've been fascinated by butterflies ever since being brought up in the Far East where they were, like many things there, huge, bright and extraordinary".

The count will be conducted from July 20 to August 11. It will ask the public to devote their 15 minutes to participate in the count. This will play a significant role in determining trends in species. This will help in planning ways to protect butterflies from extinction.

Butterflies are known to quickly react to change in their environment. This makes them brilliant biodiversity indicators. Decline in population of butterflies are early warnings of other wildlife losses. During the last decade, nearly 75% of U. K. butterfly species have decreased. Richard Fox is a Butterfly Conservation surveys manager. He said that the numbers are expected to go down again this year.

Wet weather made the last year very bad for butterflies and it is unlikely that enough offspring will emerge this year.


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