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16 Jul 2017

Join Big Butterfly Count

Red Admiral butterfly

Big Butterfly count runs Fri 14 July through Sun 6 August

Take part in the annual Big Butterfly Count with a free spotter sheet from WWT Arundel Wetland Centre.  Join butterfly spotters across the country taking part in the Big Butterfly Count which runs from 14th July to 6th August. WWT Arundel Wetland Centre is a great place to see colourful species like the small tortoiseshell, speckled wood and peacock butterflies. Meadow browns are out in abundance this year. Taking part in the Count is easy – find a sunny spot and spend 15 minutes counting the butterflies you see and then submit sightings online at www.bigbutterflycount.org  or via the free Big Butterfly Count app.

This year’s Big Butterfly Count will be launched by Sir David Attenborough at WWT Arundel Wetland Centre’s sister wetland centre in London.

Sir David Attenborough said:

“Taking part in the Big Butterfly Count is good for butterflies and it is also good for us all. The Count is good for butterflies because your sightings will tell us which species need help and in which areas we need to help them.

“But the Big Butterfly Count is also good for you because 15 minutes spent watching butterflies in the summer sunshine is priceless; spending time with butterflies lifts the spirits and reinvigorates that sense of wonder in the natural world.”

Paul Stevens, Grounds Manager at Arundel Wetland Centre said:

 “The butterfly count is an important way for everyone to help with conservation. Butterflies are a visual indicator of how healthy our environment is. If plants aren’t doing well then insects are affected and the butterflies are an easy insect for people to spot and record.” 

This summer families can discover more ways help with nature during Dusty’s Wildlife Rangers activities at WWT Arundel Wetland Centre from July 22-Sept 3. Children receive a free 12 page Wildlife Ranger log book packed with everything they need for a day of exciting discoveries then record their findings and experiences in their log books, like a real life ranger, as a permanent reminder of their wild day out.

A whole new world of award-winning discovery awaits you at WWT Arundel Wetland Centre.  You can get close to amazing wildlife, take exciting boat safaris through water meadows and reeds, hand feed exotic birds and see some of the world’s most dramatic and rare birds all in one place.  Added to this are exhilarating playgrounds, special events, waterside cafes serving delicious homemade food and shops with unique gifts.


WWT Arundel Wetland Centre is fully accessible with buggy and wheelchair friendly pathways, comfortable hides and disabled and parent & baby facilities. Your admission price supports wildlife conservation in Sussex and around the world. The wetland centre is located at Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PB and is open from 9.30-5.30pm seven days a week.