UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme
uses the transect recording method.
Annual reports are HERE
A TRANSECT is a fixed-route weekly walk, typically 1-3km, lasting 30-90mins.
Volunteers record butterflies in a 5m band in suitable weather in the 26 weeks Apr-Sep, 10.45-15.45.
Transects are often shared.
If weeks are missed, the online programme may estimate values from other counts.
A tailored field-sheet is provided and data is easily entered online.
Surrey transect data to download
- Sort by species to see their sites & flight periods
- Sort by sites to see their species
- See your own records at a glance
To view the latest data
- Go to www.ukbms.org/mydata
- Login Surrey branch,
pw Br1mst0ne (cap B, one & zero)
- Go to Reporting: Annual Summary
- Select year
- Filter by recorder: All recorders
- Site type: Transect
- Filter by site: All sites
Note option to Include non-butterfly species (if any)
- After data has loaded, select a site and note view/download options.
- Summary Chart tab has species options at the bottom.
To view sites in detail
Go to www.ukbms.org/sites.aspx
Select a site.
At the bottom of the screen, select:
Species list - to view all butterflies
More - to view the butterfly's site data
Species count - to view each year
Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey
Monitors butterfly abundance in the wider countryside away from hot-spots.
The scheme is run in partnership with the British Trust for Ornithology.
The 41 random squares allocated to Surrey (Vice-county 17)
are in the Surrey Skipper.
July & August, with at least 10 days between visits;
optional further two visits in May & June.
Walk the fixed transect, 10.45-15.45
in good weather.
Submit records online HERE
Full details: WCBS website
Anyone with good identification skills.
Please contact Bill Downey