Brisbane’s Big Butterfly Count

An exciting project for community engagement and citizen science.

Brisbane's Big Butterfly Count

Thanks to funding from a Brisbane City Council Environment Grant we bring your Brisbane’s Big Butterfly Count!

  • For all ages and knowledge levels.
  • A BCN project run in cooperation with all catchment groups.
  • Connecting you to butterflies through talks, workshops and field training

Butterflies are an indicator species for environmental health as well as providers of joy to those who encounter them!

Upcoming events

Butterfly Walk
Sunday 21st Feb, 9am to 11am.
Banks Street Reserve, Ashgrove.

Helen Schwencke will guide us and share her immense knowledge and enthusiasm. The reserve consists of more than 30 hectares of bushland and large open space. Remnants of the Three Mile Scrub Rainforest can still be encountered along Enoggera Creek and a tributary, both in the park. Walking with Helen means gaining an understanding of how habitats function and how they serve butterfly needs. Helen will help us to read the landscape and interpret the habitat we encounter. We’ll learn about butterflies, their life cycle and their host plants, and which ecological role they play. It will be a morning full of wonder and learning. Free but bookings required.
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Brisbane’s Butterflies Great & Small – Learning about their differences and how to identify them
Saturday, 27th Feb 9:30am to 12pm
CWCN Centre, 47 Hepworth St, Chapel Hill

A workshop with Cliff Meyer. Around 160 butterflies call Brisbane home. They couldn’t be more different from each other. Cliff will share his vast knowledge and let us benefit from decades of experience identifying species. He will give us an introduction to our butterfly families and help us to tell them apart including providing some insight into the difficulties associated with correct identification between different genera and species. Cliff’s talk will also provide information on preferred habitats for particular species and highlight the importance of larval host plants.
View details & registration form (PDF)

Popular Count – for EVERYONE!

For home gardeners, families, schools etc there is this easy survey with 31 common butterflies.

The brochure

Use the brochure for one location. If you want to do multiple locations, please use one brochure for each location.

You can get the brochure for the popular count at your closest catchment group. View it here (PDF).

Use BioCollect via the website or the app to add to BBBC!
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Have fun!

Butterfly Transects

For the scientist and others “in the know” there are transect walks for surveys in representative habitats along with catching, observation and ID.

If you have any questions, would like to support the project in some way, or hold a transect survey, please email the BBBC project lead Jutta Godwin at

How to look for butterflies

Recommended guides

  • Michael F. Braby, The Complete Field Gyide to Butterflies of
    Australia, revised edition, 2019, CSIRO Publishing. Very structured, with images of upper and underside of butterfly ; possibly the handier one of all books for field surveys.
  • Garry Sankowsky, A Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia. Their life histories and larval host plants, 2020, Reed New Holland Publishers. Very comprehensive.

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