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Carry Out Your Own Butterfly Survey

( Last Updated: 28-06-2013 )

Did you know you can monitor and record butterflies quite easily?  If you can spare a bit of time to do this, you will be making a valuable contribution to the conservation of butterfly and moth species that without your help may be lost forever.

Recording butterflies can take place anywhere - in the garden, from the car, out on a walk and on pre-set walks called transects.  You can even design your own transects online to suit where you like to walk best!  Information on date, location, weather conditions and numbers and species seen can be simply uploaded online.  If you prefer, survey forms can still be printed out and sent in to the recording team.

There are a number of nature reserves in the Blackdown Hills AONB which need butterfly monitoring  through transect walking to aid management of the reserves, and to give early warnings of population changes.  The transect season runs for 26 weeks between April 1st and the end of September, and you can share a  transect with other volunteers to spread the load.  A transect normally takes 1-2 hours plus travel time.  Maps, transect routes and species information are available for a number of sites at Wych Woods, Ruttersleigh / Staple Common Mount Fancy or Thurlbear.  Contact Jilly Ould to find out more about these by emailing

For queries about recording and monitoring you can contact Marjorie Brunt, Transect Co-ordinator:

For general ID inquiries contact Dave Ayling, County Butterfly Recorder  or Roger Perkins, Conservation and Reserves Chairman,



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