Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Published September 15th 2013
Help the Butterfly Population
Image from butterfly-conservation.org
Do butterflies make your heart flutter? Do their beautiful markings fill you with awe? And are you concerned about their future in the UK? If so, you should really consider joining the Butterfly Conservation which is offering free membership until the 14th October.
The year-long subscription usually costs £30, so now is the opportunity to make great savings, and get involved in protecting the great butterflies of Great Britain. After signing up you will receive a starter pack that comes with a membership card, collectible postcards, and a car sticker. Throughout the year you will be sent monthly e-newsletters, identification wall charts, invitations to local guided walks, talks, action days, and social events, and updates on the conservation's progress. You will also be given advice on how to encourage butterflies and moths in your garden, and receive three issues of Butterfly magazine.
This year forty-four thousand of people took part in the Big Butterfly Count, and in the last newsletter I was sent, the Butterfly Conservation reported a staggering bounce back in the population. Recorded sightings quadrupled from 2012, mainly due to the warm summer. Members counted a grand total of eight hundred and thirty thousand butterflies, with the Large White and Small White increasing by more than three hundred percent.
The newsletter also covered the dangers of central heating for butterflies as it makes them come out of hibernation too early, and suggested planting fruit trees or putting out fermenting fruit in the garden for butterflies to feed on.
If you're interested in learning more, you can get free membership by entering the code BBC13100.