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Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey (WCBS)

The WCBS is a 'light touch' recording scheme for monitoring butterfly numbers across the UK. Results from these surveys feed into national statistics that inform policy makers about the health of the environment. Further information about the scheme and reports on previous years' surveys can be found here

Volunteers take 'ownership' of a randomly selected 1km OS grid square, walking two parallel transect lines through the square at least once in July and once in August, identifying and recording any butterflies seen. Walks need to take place in good weather and follow the same methodology used for butterfly transects.

No experience is necessary - just an interest in butterflies, a willingness to learn, normal eyesight and the ability to get to and from the square and to walk the route safely.

Because squares are selected randomly they can cover any type of habitat, including urban areas and farmland as well as more natural areas. In some cases the landowners permission is required before walks can take place.

A number of squares have been identified in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight which require walkers for 2024. These are listed below, with approximate locations. If you are interested in getting involved in butterfly recording and would be able to undertake two walks a year (one in July and one in August) at one of these locations please contact email (wcbs.AT.hantsiow-butterflies.org.uk).

North Hampshire

SU 46 62 Tot Hill, near Burghclere

SU 50 60 Ecchinswell

Mid Hampshire

SU 44 38 Farmland near Sutton Scotney

SU 47 24 Shawford & Twyford

SU 54 41 Woodland and farmland near East Stratton

SU 56 16 Bishops Waltham (established route - public access)

SU 56 47 North Waltham

SU 62 31 Ropley Dean (established route - public access)

South West Hampshire / New Forest

SU 07 17 Blackheath Down, Tidpit (established route - private land)

SU 13 20 Braemore Down (established route)

SU 20 03 Burley (established route - public access)

SU 31 18 Shelley Common

SU 32 16 Ower, near Paultons Park

SU 33 00 West of Beaulieu Heath, New Forest (established route)

SU 35 24 Abbotswood, south of Timsbury (established route)

Isle of Wight

SZ 51 77 Kingates & Whitwell area

SZ 52 91 West of Wootton Common

Please note that it may not prove possible to walk all the squares listed above if suitable routes cannot be found or landowners withhold permission.

Updated 7 February 2024