Banks St Big Butterfly Count is back

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Join Brisbane’s Big Butterfly Count for the first butterfly survey of the summer on Saturday 19 November 9 am till 11 am.

The event is at Banks Street Reserve which is considered a very important Brisbane butterfly site according to event organiser Chris Galbraith.

“In December last year, SOWN combined with Brisbane’s Big Butterfly Count to run the second survey in Banks St Bushland Reserve.

“It was a fun morning, learning how to catch, identify and release butterflies under the guidance of butterfly guru Cliff Meyer,” she said.

Twenty-seven species were identified on the day, making a total of 44 species identified as part of the ongoing survey in the reserve.

Brisbane’s Big Butterfly Count is an initiative of Brisbane Catchments Network which includes Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN).

Around 160 different butterfly species have been recorded in the Brisbane area and 400 in Australia altogether.

All local catchment and bushcare groups work to create and enhance habitat, to build connectivity to allow for wildlife movement and to conserve our biodiversity.

Monitoring native species such as butterflies is part of rehabilitation activities and informs bushcare efforts.

“Plus it’s a fun and educational experience for all the family,” Chris said.

Cliff Meyer will again share his expertise and guide participants through Banks Street Reserve in pursuit of butterfly records.

The survey suitable is for people of all ages and knowledge level. Survey equipment and instructions are provided.

Chris said the event combines fun with learning and helps to highlight the importance of natural native vegetation for the survival and the thriving of native butterflies and other fauna.

Participants should wear protective clothing including closed shoes and bring a water bottle.

  • Time: Saturday 19 November 2022, 09:00 – 11:00
  • Place: Banks Street Reserve, entrance via Quandong St, Ashgrove
  • Contact: Chris 0419 724 574

Go to this link for details.

2021 Butterfly count. PHOTO: Norm Harriden