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Charity calls for West Norfolk help to track the butterflies




A conservation charity is appealing for people in West Norfolk to help them record the impact of climate change on butterfly populations.

Butterfly Conservation says its scientists and volunteers are in lockdown because of coronavirus.

And the group says it needs anyone with an outdoor space to help with recording.

People in West Norfolk are being asked to help record sightings of butterflies in their gardens during the lockdown (33808855)
People in West Norfolk are being asked to help record sightings of butterflies in their gardens during the lockdown (33808855)

Richard Fox, the charity's associate director of recording and research, said: "Studying the changing flight times and locations of butterfly species across the UK is vital to understanding the impacts of climate change on our native wildlife.

"This spring we are going to have a gap in our phenology data as our scientists and volunteers are not able to carry out their usual monitoring at nature reserves and across the UK countryside.

"So, we are asking the general public to please help us out. This is something you can do in your own garden.

"We know climate change is making butterflies emerge earlier in spring and some are spreading to new parts of the UK. We need you to tell us where and when you saw them."

‘We can’t gather data in our usual ways, so we need the help of everyone who is at home, with a garden or outdoor space, during the lockdown.

"Each recording is important for our work to conserve UK butterflies and we would love the public to get behind us.’

Visit www.butterfly-conservation.org/mysightings to submit a recording.



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