OS Grid References
For recording to provide effective data for local purposes, such as planning and conservation work or national analysis of how particular species are faring, records have to be related to sites and locations.
The grid reference for any butterfly or moth record should be to at least 1km square accuracy (four-figure grid reference), and preferably six-figure references which pinpoint a sighting to a 100m x 100m square.
When it comes to mapping, this data is plotted in summary form on distribution map e.g. as tetrads (2km squares) for local maps, or 10km squares for the national scale (see map left).
Generally atlas organisers seek to ensure that some recording is carried out within each tetrad or 10km square, to give a good level of mapping coverage.
Using Ordnance Survey Grid References
Please use National Grid references from Ordnance Survey maps - not road maps, which may have non-standard grids.
1km squares are marked by a grid of light blue lines on 1:50,000 series (Landranger) OS maps. The grid reference of a 1km square consists of the 100km square code (e.g. SP), which will be marked somewhere on the map, followed by four numbers, which mark the bottom left-hand corner of the square.
Ordnance Survey Landranger Maps which cover the Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull area are numbers 139, 140, 141, 151, 152.
Find out more about Landranger Maps on the Ordnance Survey web site.
Use Our Mapping Tool
Our interactive Mapping Tool which was added to our web site in 2009 allows you to visually find the location and automatically generate a grid reference for you. You can also toggle between aerial photo images and zoom in to accurately pinpoint your sighting within a 10m accuracy and generate an 2, 4, 6 or 8 figure grid references. Just follow the instructions provided.
Many thanks go to Keith Balmer for sharing the code for this mapping tool originally used on the excellent Bedfordshire Natural History Society web site.