Butterfly recording

New Forest National Park

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Project Summary

Weekly monitoring of butterfly populations in and around the New Forest National Park during the primary twenty-six flight period.

Need to know

  • Start Date: 01/04/2018
  • End Date: 31/12/2018
  • County: Hampshire
  • Organisation Name: The New Forest Transect Group
  • Project Category: Species surveys


Project Description

Our New Forest (Butterfly) Transect Group monitors butterflies and day-flying moths from 1st April until 29th September once a week on a rota basis. There are currently thirty-six locations within the New Forest National Park.

Recorders can choose how many routes they cover and how often. Each individual team is managed by a Team Leader whose responsibility it is to ensure each week is covered.

Surveys are carried out within specified time and weather parameters in accordance with requirements of the United Kingdom Butterfly Monitoring Scheme who receive all records.

Records are also used to produce Annual Reports for Landowners/Managers such as Forestry Commission, Natural England, National Trust and several private landowners. This helps these organisations in their habitat management programme planning.

Collected data is also transferred to both the County & National Butterfly Conservation Databases. Additionally, all records are sent annually to the Hampshire Biodiversity Information Centre where they are accessible for reference during local and strategic planning applications.