The counts can take place anywhere in the country and in any habitat; gardens, towns, schools, in the countryside, any records being welcome.
The aim is to obtain information on what is happening to our more common butterflies and an identification chart can be downloaded from Butterfly Conservations Big Butterfly Count website.
With British butterflies in serious decline this is an excellent and worthwhile project to obtain further vitally important data and it is hoped that as many people as possible will take part.
All we need now is fifteen minutes of sunshine sometime within those three weeks to bring those butterflies out. If our summer so far is anything to go by then perhaps this may be asking a bit too much!