Help Conduct the South African Butterfly Census (19 - 27 October)
The Lepidopterists’ Society of Africa (LepSoc) is conducting the eight annual South African butterfly census from Saturday 19 October to Sunday 27 October and they are calling for volunteers to help, reports City Press.
Anyone can take part by registering their team and following the guidelines laid out on the LepSoc website below. Steve Woodhall, president of LepSoc, recently published Pocket Guide: Butterflies of South Africa, which will be useful for volunteers taking part in the census.
The eighth butterfly census will start around the country next week, with beginners and experts asked to help count, the Lepidopterists’ Society of Africa has said.
The census is held every autumn and spring as part of efforts to start a long-term butterfly monitoring programme, census co-ordinator Esther Mostert said in a statement.
Anyone can participate – there are beginner and expert categories. You will need to register your team and locality. It is hoped that this event becomes a regular biannual event, to collect important information which can be used to monitor our butterflies over time. This will help us to understand the impacts of land use and climate change and to monitor ecosystem health. Please read all the information below, including the rules, before registering your team.
- Pocket Guide: Butterflies of South Africa by Steve Woodhall
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