Partnership invertebrate monitoring schemes Comma Butterfly © Helen Baker

 

For full names of partners, see Surveillance Schemes.

 

UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme


Funding Partners

BC, JNCC, BTO, NRW, NE, NIEA, FC, SNH, CEH


Summary of Scheme

The UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS) records data on the population status of UK butterflies, using a wide-scale program of site-based monitoring, primarily through the use of transects walked by volunteer recorders. The scheme has been monitoring using transects since 1976. Since then, over 16 million butterflies have been counted, at over 1,500 UK sites. Butterflies are highly biologically suitable as indicator species: they occur in a wide range of habitats, have rapid lifecycles and, in many cases, show high sensitivity to changes in environmental conditions.  Butterflies are complementary to birds and bats as an indicator because they use resources in the landscape at a much finer spatial scale.

These data can be used to assess of the impacts of climate change and the progress of government policy initiatives such as agri-environment schemes and site condition monitoring of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), as well as providing information required for UK obligations under the EC Habitats Directive.


Contributes to JNCC official statistic:

Annual abundance of UK butterflies


Latest dataset published:
2013


Indicators:


Reports and Publications:
Can be found on the UKBMS website reports and publications page

 

Recording Schemes (range of invertebrates)


Funding Partners

BRC, CEH, JNCC, NBN, NSS


Summary of Scheme

At least 412 BAP invertebrates are recorded across the UK by 88 organisations. See the BRC website for a complete list of the recording schemes and links to their associated web pages.


Contributes to JNCC official statistic:

N/A


Latest dataset published:
See relevant recording scheme sites


Indicators:
N/A


Reports and Publications:
See relevant recording scheme sites