Recording guide

Please also see our dedicated pages

How to record Where to submit records
iRecord: website for all Natural History records
via computer
iRecord Butterflies App 
Garden Butterfly Survey (online from 2016) Enter data
Big Butterfly Count 2016 results
Migrant Watch Enter data
UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme: Transects Enter data
Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey (WCBS) Enter data
Butterflies for the New Millennium: BC's database, collated from all sources


County Butterfly Recorder

Records submitted to the above schemes will be received by the County Recorder.

Harry Clarke 70 Norwood Road, Effingham KT24 5NX

If you are unable to use iRecord, or have confidential records, email spreadsheet to the County Recorder. Please include:

  • Date
  • Species name
  • Number – assumed to be adults unless qualified
  • Location 
  • Grid reference
  • Recorder's name

The following formats are preferred:

  • Excel spreadsheet
  • CSV file
  • Recorder 6

Download basic spreadsheet
Download enhanced spreadsheet

Last resort: paper records are accepted if you are unable to submit records electronically.

MAP: BC Surrey & SW London branch covers Watsonian vice-county 17, which includes most of the administrative county of Surrey and part of Greater London.

VC17 Surrey

Species Champions
Wood White Harry Clarke
Brown Hairstreak Harry Clarke & Bill Downey
White-letter Hairstreak Bill Downey
mall Blue Gail Jeffcoate
Silver-studded Blue Harry Clarke
Adonis Blue Gail Jeffcoate
Grayling Graham Cotten


Identification websites
Identify a Butterfly UK Butterflies
Day-flying Moths
Key journals
Atropos: butterfly, moth and dragonfly enthusiasts.
Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation: peer-reviewed articles and notes, including definitive annual reviews of Microlepidoptera new to Britain and of migrant Lepidoptera.
Entomologist's Gazette: peer-reviewed papers and notes on the biodiversity, biology, conservation, ecology, genetics, distribution, historical perspectives, taxonomy and systematics of all orders of Palaearctic insects, with an emphasis on Lepidoptera.
Surrey Atlas series
2013 Butterflies of Surrey Revisited 1997 Larger Moths of Surrey
2012 Smaller Moths of Surrey 1995 Butterflies of Surrey – out of print