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The Butterfly Count (2 Viewers)

Euan Buchan

The Edinburgh Birdwatcher
Supporter
Scotland
I took part in The Butterfly Count today. My records were
7 Green Viened White
1 Small White
1 Large White
2 Red Admiral
2 Meadow Brown
 

dwallace

Well-known member
We gave up as we couldn't find any way of listing the following species after downloading the app:

Essex, Large and Small Skipper
Small Heath
Chalkhill and Silver-Studded Blue
Grayling
Silver-washed Fritillary
White Admiral.

All of the above species can be found in the local area.

Dave W
 

dwallace

Well-known member
To add to the above post, my wife did submit a garden count given the limited number of species on the app.

Dave W
 

Kits

Picture Picker
I counted on Saturday afternoon.

7 Peacock
5 Large White
3 Small White
1 Small Blue
1 Ringlet
1 Brimstone

The buddleia was swarming with the peacocks.
 

Kits

Picture Picker
Ha! I was reading the notes OH and I made instead of what I submitted to the Count!

It should be Common Blue! OH had written Small Blue. :king:
 

Adey Baker

Member
Ha! I was reading the notes OH and I made instead of what I submitted to the Count!

It should be Common Blue! OH had written Small Blue. :king:

Ah, thought Small Blue was a bit optimistic!! Slap-on-the-wrist-time for OH, I'd say;)
 

Euan Buchan

The Edinburgh Birdwatcher
Supporter
Scotland
I took part in The Big Butterfly Count today and saw

3 Small White
2 Peacock
1 Green Viened White
1 Meadow Brown
 

aeshna5

Well-known member
I think it's very frustrating that a number of fairly widespread species can't be recorded this year.
 

dwallace

Well-known member
Referring to my earlier post and aeshna 5's comments, I contacted Butterfly Conservation about the missing species and was advised to submit them via iRecord, which seems to make the count somewhat invalid. I suggest BC either includes all the species on the App or just restricts the count to a garden Butterfly Count like the birding equivalent.

Dave W
 

InternetMan

Well-known member
I’d have thought the purpose of the count is to get ‘regular’ people interested, and possibly to monitor Fortunes of common species. Too many hard-to-find (or ID) species could be offputting.
 

dantheman

Bah humbug
I imagine that if they included rarer species, people would start erroneously recording them, which would invalidate records and cause more work.

Maybe they should have set up a 'secret' section on the app to unlock rare species for accredited observers, or something ;)
 

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