Year 8 Butterfly Project
2017 has been the worst year for butterflies since a nationwide counting scheme began in 2010. There was an average of just eleven individuals per count. It seems that a mild winter and warm spring meant that some species emerged earlier than normal so that some were past their peak by the time of the summer count. Red Admirals, however, were helped by this unusual weather. The common white butterfly declined by more than a third. Year 8 decided that something should be done.
They worked in pairs, first checking the internet to make a choice of species, then setting about designing a hard copy. This had to be carefully cut, painted and refined. Finally it was time to set them free into the 17 acres of St. Mary’s grounds. It was a cheerful ‘goodbye’ as some decided to fly with them but fell quickly to the ground! Thankfully, their tiny friends returned to the Creative Arts Studio and settled in the safety of the ceiling.