Lowest number of butterflies recorded in UK

Lowest number of butterflies recorded in UK

The UK recorded the lowest ever number of butterflies in an annual insect survey, prompting conservationists to warn that nature is in danger, as this insect is considered a considerable indicator of the health of the environment.

Butterfly Conservation — which counted butterflies and moths between July 16th and August 8th, has ticked the lowest numbers since the Big Butterfly Count began 12 years ago and is calling for urgent action to be taken. Since 1976, 76% of butterflies have declined in abundance or distribution. In total, 1,238,405 butterflies and moths were counted – a reduction of 14% compared to last year. The survey is done by volunteers who count the number and type of butterflies or moths they see in 15 minutes.

“The facts are clear. Nature is in crisis and we need urgent action, not only to prevent further loss of species, but also to rebuild biodiversity,” defends Julie Williams, the institution’s chief executive, according to The Guardian.

Source: Jornal i by ionline.sapo.pt.

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