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Our guide to...Butterfly Recording

You can record butterflies anywhere - in your garden or local green space, on a walk or at a nature reserve.

Activities to Try:
  • Watching the butterflies in your garden for an hour and recording which species visit
  • Taking a walk or using an accessible trail and recording the butterflies you see along the way
  • Recording species you see while visiting your local green space or nature reserve (from a bench or seat, or on a walk)
  • Downloading our Butterfly Spring Bingo sheet to take with you on your adventures - how many species can you find?

Equipment to Borrow: 

To get up close and personal with butterflies, and to make identification easier, you could borrow a pair of our binoculars for closer views.

Identification Resources: 

If you're not sure how to tell your peacock from your painted lady, you can use Butterfly Conservation’s identification tool – all you need are the colours and the type of markings (like spots or stripes).

Top Tips for Butterfly Recording: 
  • Butterflies are most active and easier to find on warm, sunny days
  • Butterflies visit areas where a range of flowers and trees grow as these are good sources of nectar
  • In a warm, sheltered spot, butterflies may spend a while on each flower. If you move slowly, and make sure not to cover the butterfly with your shadow, you will be able to get closer for a really good look!
We'd love to hear from you...

Get in touch with your findings and let us know what you've seen! 

Email: 
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Phone:
07595 655 174

Address:
Garnock Connections,
RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve
Largs Road, Lochwinnoch,
Renfrewshire, PA12 4JF

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