If we don’t know how species are doing, what is thriving and what isn’t, we cannot hope to halt and reverse declines.
In this section we explain how to record your sightings and how to become involved with surveys and monitoring.
Recording can take as much or as little time as you like. You can do it anywhere you see a butterfly that you can identify.
More information about the different methods will be added as this website is developed and therefore some of the links will redirect you to an external website.
Butterfly Conservation's general recording scheme is known as Butterflies for the New Millennium or BNM.
The Garden Butterfly Survey is a project aimed at understanding how butterflies are faring in the UK's gardens.
The iRecord Butterflies is a free app for iPhone & Android that will help you identify & allow you to record your butterfly sightings.
This is a nationwide survey held every summer asking you to count and record the butterflies and day flying moths you see.
Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey (WCBS) requires between two and four visits a year to an allocated 1km square.
The Painted Lady butterfly and Humming-bird Hawk-moth migrate every year from Africa. Please report any you see.
Traditional Transects are walked weekly during a 26-week period between April and September each year.
Single species transects during flight period of the species of interest, adult timed counts, larval web counts and egg counts
Moth sightings & counts should be sent to one of the two County Moth Recorders. (Macro to Chris & Micro to Neale).
Our Branch Butterfly Records Coordinator is also the Somerset County Recorder and receives records submitted from vice-counties VC5 & VC6. These records form the annual distribution Atlas which is available to branch members.