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.
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!
07595 655 174
RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve
Largs Road, Lochwinnoch,
Renfrewshire, PA12 4JF