Help butterflies and moths to boost your own mental health, public told

Even a short amount of time spent in nature can alleviate stress and leave people feeling happier, reports Joe Sommerlad

A Large Blue butterfly
A Large Blue butterfly

The British public is being encouraged to do more to help the nation’s butterflies and moths this spring as part of a scheme that aims to boost both conservation efforts and the mental health of its participants at the same time.

The Nature for Nurture project is being led by the charity Butterfly Conservation, in partnership with Dobbies Garden Centres, and aims to provide those venturing out into nature with the tools and information they need to support the species and encourage pollination.

The campaign is timely given that 76 per cent of the UK’s butterfly species have declined over the last 40 years, according to Butterfly Conservation, which also warns that the UK’s moth numbers have fallen by more than 30 per cent since over the last half century.

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