The East Devon National Landscape will be supporting the Big Butterfly Count this summer, a nationwide citizen science initiative led by Butterfly Conservation.

Running from July 14th to August 6th, this event invites people of all ages to spend 15 minutes in an outdoor space, recording the butterflies they see. The collected data will help scientists understand the health of butterfly populations and the wider environment.

Butterflies are vital indicators of a healthy ecosystem, and their populations have been under threat due to habitat loss and climate change. The Big Butterfly Count aims to gather crucial data to aid in conservation efforts. In 2022, participants submitted over 100,000 counts, highlighting the importance and popularity of the event.

Participants can download the free Big Butterfly Count app, available for iOS and Android, or use the identification chart from the website to record their sightings. Whether in gardens, parks, or the countryside, every count helps.

“We encourage everyone in East Devon to take part,” said Ruth Worsley, East Devon National Landscape Engagement Officer. “It’s a fantastic way to connect with nature and contribute to crucial conservation work.”

For more details and to participate, please visit