Projects - Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey
There is growing acknowledgement of the importance of biodiversity in the wider countryside. Butterfly populations are an excellent way to monitor the health of an environment.
UK butterfly monitoring currently focuses on nature reserves and butterfly-rich places. This has lead to a lack of monitoring in vast areas of the wider countryside. These areas include farmland, plantation woodland, uplands and urban green spaces.
The UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme, run by Butterfly Conservation (BC), the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), has developed a new Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey (WCBS) method to gauge the changing abundance of widespread species in the general countryside.
70% of the UK's land is in agricultural use. It is essential that butterflies in these areas are monitored to gauge the health our countryside.
Over 600 dedicated volunteers surveyed more than 760 squares as part of the nationwide WCBS launch in 2009. The WCBS benefits from an excellent partnership with the British Trust for Ornithology Breeding Bird Survey recorders surveying roughly half of the squares last year.
The new method involves making a minimum of two visits to a randomly selected square near between May and August to count butterflies along two 1km survey lines running roughly north-south through the square. The survey will be co-ordinated centrally by Butterfly Conservation but with the help of a WCBS Champion in each Branch. The aim for 2010 is to resurvey all squares covered last year and more so if you would like to take part please get in touch.
Visit the UKBMS website for more details and copies of instructions and recording forms.
Left: Map showing the wider countryside survey points for 2013 - Click on the map to download and print the map.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
The following survey squares still require a volunteer to record butterflies during 2013.
If you can help with any of these (see list below), please contact Keith Warmington, Branch Butterfly Recorder.
|Bearley - SP1861||Merevale - SP2997|
|Bickmarsh - SP1049||Shottery - SP1854|
|Burmington - SP2638||Streton on Dunsmore - SP4173|
|Dorsington - SP1349||Streton on Fosse - SP2138|
|Earleswood - SP1273||Swift Valley - SP5078|
|Fenny Compton - SP4153||Ullenhall - SP1167|
|Honily - SP2273||Ullenhall - SP1267|
|Ladbroke - SP4359||Winderton - SP3340|
|Lawford Heath - SP4572||Wishaw - SP1794|
|Marston - SP2094||Wolfhampcote - SP5165|