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Make your own butterfly feeder and join the Big Butterfly Count in July

You can make your own butterfly feeder following easy step-by-step instructions from the Natural History Museum - and attract beautiful butterflies to your outdoor area.

You can then join the Big Butterfly Count in July and identify the butterflies visiting your outside space.

How can I attract butterflies to my garden or outdoor space?

To make your garden, patio or windowsill a little more homely for visiting butterflies, you can follow some simple steps to attract them to your space, like providing food and shelter, reducing the use of pesticides and cutting down on weeding, and maximising your window boxes.

What plants are butterfly-friendly?

You can attract more butterflies to your outdoor space by planting flowers and bushes that they love such as Buddleia, Common lilac, English lavender and Common honeysuckle.

How can I get involved with the Big Butterfly Count 2020?

The Big Butterfly Count 2020 will run from Friday 17 July to Sunday 9 August. All you have to do is count butterflies for 15 minutes during bright (preferably sunny) weather during the big butterfly count dates in July and August and send in your sightings. Full details, and identification chart and links to the downloadable apps can be found on the Big Butterfly Count website.

This feeder is designed to draw in butterflies for observation and photography using overripe fruit. It is suitable even for small gardens, patios or balconies. The best way to help butterflies is to grow butterfly-friendly plants that will provide nectar to adults and food to caterpillars.

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