Attenborough, however, the president of Butterfly Conservation, said: “Worryingly, we are now seeing the fortunes of some of our once common butterflies mirror those of our rarest species and they too are now also suffering significant declines." So, get outside and get counting.
Another way to celebrate the brightly coloured flutterers is at the fantastic tropical butterfly house at the Natural History Museum London, which has returned for its eighth year with another round of wriggling caterpillars transforming into colourful butterflies.
Whether you're the future King of England (who you may remember enjoyed a visit to the Natural History Museum's butterfly house last year) or just an ordinary family member, this is a great day out for nature lovers and young children.
Navigate your way through humid greenery and tropical plants to learn all about how a munching caterpillar becomes a cocoon before bursting out to unfold its new radiant wings. You can even spy the moment a caterpillar emerges through the hatchery window!
There are heaps of interactive displays and games to keep little ones occupied and hundreds of fluttering butterflies and moths overhead. You'll also be taught tips on how to attract butterflies and nurture them in your own garden.
|What||Sensational Butterflies, Natural History Museum|
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road , SW7 5BD | MAP
|Nearest tube||South Kensington (underground)|
31 Mar 17 – 17 Sep 17, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
|Price||£5.90 Adult, child and concession, school £3.30, family £19.80|
|Website||Click here for more details|