Through nursing a hangover, I couldn't think of a better suggestion that to get outside and carry out a butterfly count. After this summer's dreadful weather, its a worry that many species will've been severely affected.
Making a short walk down to the River Elwy that runs through St. Asaph, you could see that butterflies were few and far between. Covering a small area of about 200m, I managed to catch up with 6 Snall Tortoiseshell, 2 Commas, 6 Meadow Browns and a Speckled Wood!
In past years, I've witnessed a far more diverse range of species including peacocks, many blues and white varieties.
The big butterfly count is a nationwide survey aimed to help assess the health of the environment we live in today. It was launched back in 2010 and an impressive 10,000 people took part, counting 210,000 butterflies and day-flying moths across the nation. More people took part in 2011 and this year's big butterfly count is taking place from Saturday 14th July - Sunday 5th August 2012.
I see this as an excellent opportunity for as many people to just take a little piece of time to stop and look whats around them. Please visit the website below and add any information on the butterflies you do see in your area