Butterfly conservation for ecology and mental health - The Yorkshire Post says

Just a little time spent outdoors is a boon to mental wellbeing, we’re often reminded, but it has never seemed so critical than over the last year.

A red admiral butterfly sits on colourful flowers on a warm summer day in Whitley Bay. Picture: Owen Humpreys/PA.

So it is cheering that a campaign is now under way to combine this spirit-lifting pursuit with one that also aids conservation efforts.

The Butterfly Conservation charity is trying to prevent further declines in species of butterflies and moths.

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It comes after a University of Cumbria study revealed that 83 per cent of respondents said they had taken time to notice such species amid an increase in people spending time in nature during lockdown.

But the charity has warned that 76 per cent of the UK’s butterfly species have declined over the 40 years, so its Nurture for Nature project aims to provide people with tools and information that can help boost numbers of pollinators.

As society reopens, it is incumbent on us all to head out with respect for our ecology – and this is a good way to start.

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