My Buddleia and The Big Butterfly Count

by Cat Woods

Buddleia is a familiar shrub, well-known for its attractiveness to butterflies. It is actually an introduced species, however, that has become naturalised on waste ground, railway cuttings and in towns.

They perform best when planted in full sun (or at least in partial shade) and in fertile, well-drained soil. Dependent on the variety, plant around 5 to 10 feet apart for a gorgeous display. Plant Buddleia in Spring or in Autumn before the first frosts and water thoroughly after planting.

My Buddleia has completely taken over the garden and attracts an abundance of butterflies to my garden. If you have one of these majestic bushes, why not use it as a starting point to take part in the Big Butterfly Count. 

The Big Butterfly Count is a UK-wide survey aimed at helping us assess the health of our environment simply by counting the amount and type of butterflies (and some day-flying moths) we see.

This year’s Big Butterfly Count will runs from the 16th July to the 8th August.

If you want to use the Big Butterfly Count app to take part then you can download the app and submit sightings during the Count period.

Join me in taking part 🦋 

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