Butterfly Survey

The Friends of Poets’ Walk are taking part in The UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme using a fixed-route walk (transect) over Church Hill and Wain’s Hill drawn up and registered on-line in 2016 by our butterfly representative Bill Thompson.

 Our latest butterfly news – July 2018:

“The best year so far for numbers although we have a distinct lack of diversity, probably due to our present range of habitats. Numbers of Meadow Brown are amazing and they are spread fairly evenly across the sections.”

average comparison

The above graph shows sightings so far this year compared with our average since 2016


The above graphs show species & section totals this year up to week 17 (click to enlarge)

Our sightings in 2017 are summarised in Bill’s end of 2017 season summary

Our sightings in 2016 are summarised in Bill’s end of  2016 season summary


Poets Walk Butterflies Transect map

To take part in the scheme a transect must be established at a chosen site and butterflies are recorded along the route on a regular (weekly) basis under reasonable weather conditions for a number of years. A transect route is divided into sections, which are chosen to represent the various habitat types and management activities across the site. It must remain unchanged to enable butterfly sightings to be compared from year to year.

Butterflies are recorded from the beginning of April until the end of September. Certain requirements apply relating to time of day and weather conditions. Data is recorded and summarized results submitted to the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS).

Our Church Hill and Wain’s Hill transect is divided into nine sections starting at the path (Hack’s Way) on Old Church Road and ending on the coastal path. Its total length is about 2.6 km (1.6 miles) and the walk takes around one hour.

Butterfly identification – hover over any image to name the butterfly or click to enlarge

For a useful guide to indentifying our British blue butterflies click here