If you’re in the UK how about joining in the the Big Butterfly Count which runs from 15 July to Sunday 7 August? It is a great educational activity and it provides an opportunity for everyone to contribute to important scientific research. Sadly the dreadful wet summer weather is putting butterflies at risk and numbers of the UK’s once plentiful butterflies have dwindled with some species even becoming extinct.
All you need to do is choose a place such as your garden or park and see how many butterflies you spot in 15 minutes. You can download a useful butterfly chart or a free iOS and Android app which can help you identify and record your findings.