The UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme, run by Butterfly Conservation (BC), the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), developed the Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey (WCBS) to measure the changing abundance of widespread species in the general countryside.
There is growing acknowledgement of the importance of biodiversity in the wider countryside. The focus on historically rich locations for butterflies has led to a lack of monitoring in vast areas of the wider countryside. These areas include farmland, plantation woodland, uplands and urban green spaces.
With 70% of the UK's land in agricultural use. It is essential that butterflies in these areas are monitored to ensure the health our countryside.
No experience is necessary - just an interest in butterflies, a willingness to learn, normal eyesight and the ability to get to and from the square and to walk the route safely.
Can you Help ?
A number of squares have been identified in Yorkshire which require new walkers for 2021 indicated by Yellow, Orange and Red markers on the map or take a look at the spreadsheet above. If you are interesting in getting involved in butterfly recording and would be able to undertake two walks a year (one in July and one in August) at one of these locations please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Take a look at the latest newsletter to find out what it is, which species are the most widespread in the UK and how you can take part.
Hopefully there are still plenty of opportunities for people to count butterflies in places where we’ve had no records before.
The newsletter also includes information on events and how children can get involved in counting butterflies.