Who doesn’t love seeing the occasional Monarch butterfly or Cabbage White fluttering through the garden in spring and summer? Well, these might become an increasingly rare sight as time goes on, with a new study suggesting that butterfly populations are decreasing quicker in urban areas than in the countryside because of climate changes, habitat loss and the intensification of land use.
The Butterfly Conversation (BC) survey, carried out in collaboration with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the University of Kent, revealed that the majority of city-dwelling butterflies are emerging earlier and are also on the wing for longer than their counterparts who live in rural areas.
Over 20 years, urban butterfly numbers dropped by 69 per cent compared to 45 per cent for rural butterflies, with the Small Heath and Small Copper both declining more dramatically in towns and cities than in the countryside.
“Seeing butterflies each summer is a vital part of the quality of life for millions of people in the UK. The study shows that in urban areas where most people live and experience the natural world butterflies are in even more trouble than in our intensively farmed countryside. We must act now to ensure that we manage the environment to maintain the very things we cherish,” the BC’s head of monitoring professor Tom Brereton said.
Planting the right kind of flowers can help attract butterflies to your garden. Alder buckthorn, for example, can help bring Brimstone butterflies in, while cabbage and other brassicas can help attract both small and large Cabbage Whites.
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