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, but currently you will be redirected to an external website
Butterfly Conservation's general recording scheme is known as Butterflies for the New Millennium or BNM. Records from various sources are included.
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 guide you through the identifying the butterfly & allow you to record your sighting
This is a nationwide survey held every summer. The 2021 count ran from 16th July to 8th August.
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. These are often shared with other team members.
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).
See Somerset Moth Group for contact details
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