Getting involved with Wildlife Surveys

By Kirsty / July 27, 2012
kids wildlife surveys

One thing that was introduced to us last year was wildlife surveys and they can be a really great way to give focus to a walk or, if like me, there are only so many times you can walk round the country park nearby without getting bored!

Yesterday while were were out walking and taking photographs for our challenge we noticed there were loads of butterflies around.  We tried to take pics of some but it’s hard to get up close!  It gave me an idea for another day out though as I had seen on twitter that it was time for the annual Big Butterfly Count.  I remember trying to do it last year and we really struggled as it was so rubbish weather!

So today the sun was out and we got out early.  The idea with this survey is to spend 15 minutes somewhere and count what butterflies or day flying moths you can see. You can print of an ID chart and really it is the simplest thing to do.

It made me realise hw sketchy my identification skills are but we managed to ID quite a fair few butterflies using the chart and can add to the records that the Butterfly Conservation team are working on.  The Big Butterfly count is on until the 5th August so it’s not too late to join in.

I’d encourage anyone to give surveys a go! A great free and worthwhile activity.

We had a lovely walk as well, which is great, I love having this chance to chat and be with the kids.  On the way back we saw loads more butterflies including a gorgeous blue one that M tried and tried to get a picture of:

We’ve never seen a blue butterfly near us so that was a lovely end to our walk.

There are many surveys that kids can get involved in through the year, you might want to check out these links:

RSPB garden birdwatch (happens in Jan/Feb)


Swift survey


About the author


Kirsty is the mum of two kids and has spent the last 16 years on a quest to get them outside more, enjoying nature and the world around them.

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