An average of 22 butterflies per garden were spotted in Wallonia and Brussels during Natagora’s 9th census this weekend. “They’re having a good year again”, the association said in a press release on Sunday, which mentioned the census results. The most common species are almost the same as last year: the Small Tortoiseshell, the Peacock, the Red Admiral, the Painted Lady and the Meadow Brown.
It appears there could soon be a real increase in butterfly populations, Natagora say. “It is probably the result of changes in the way public green spaces and private gardens are managed”, explains Jean-Sébastien Rousseau-Piot, who led the Natagora census. More and more residents are conscious of their role in the preservation of biodiversity, and manage their garden accordingly”.
Some companies have also started to manage their land the same way. However, intensive agricultural regions are slow to react, say Natagora.