Ladybird counters needed

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Scientists are asking Dales families for help this month by counting and photographing ladybirds they find in their gardens, parks and fields.

The information that people collect will help to create detailed ladybird maps for the UK.

Several species of ladybird are being seen in particularly high numbers at the moment, including 7-spot, 14-spot and Harlequin, prompting the UK Ladybird Survey to declare the next few weeks as the perfect time to get out and count these hidden gems.

Everyone can log on, find out more and submit their ladybird records via http://www.ladybird-survey.org/.

Ladybird recording is important in helping scientists to assess the effects of environmental change, such as the arrival of a new species, on biodiversity.

Feedback is provided on all photographs sent in via http://www.ladybird-survey.org/.