It’s no secret that the world needs pollinators to exist as we know it. Pollinators are responsible for moving from pollen from one plant to another, fertilizing the plants so they can produce fruits and seeds.
Because of their importance, pollinators are a big topic in the world of conservation. Most people think of bees when they think of pollinators and there’s often a push to “Save the Bees.” Besides bees, butterflies are also an important species to save and that’s why the UK hosts its annual Big Butterfly Count.
The Big Butterfly Count initiative encourages the public to count and record any butterflies they see in local areas, and it’s now gained attention from royalty.
Kate Middleton and Prince William shared a photo of their 6-year-old daughter, Charlotte, holding a Red Admiral butterfly to bring attention to butterfly conservation.
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They wrote in the post that they were sharing the photos to spread awareness of the Big Butterfly Count initiative.
They continued the post, saying:
“@savebutterflies are encouraging us all to count these incredible creatures because not only are they beautiful creatures to be around but they are also extremely important. Butterflies are vital parts of the ecosystem as both pollinators and components of the food chain.”
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) August 7, 2021
@savebutterflies is the social media of Butterfly Conservation, a non-profit dedicated to saving butterflies. They were pushing for the public to participate in the Big Butterfly Count, and the royals wanted to share their support of the organization and encourage their followers to participate, too.
The Big Butterfly Count ended on August 31, 2021, but there’s always next year if you wanted to participate and missed out.Whizzco