Click here to see the 2021 National Report on WCBS activities.
The WCBS is a UK wide '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.
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 2021. These are listed below, with approximate locations. If you are interesting 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 Jacky Adams on 07521 577035 (jackyna7579.AT.gmail.com).
SU 50 60 Ecchinswell
North West Hampshire
SU 38 46 West Andover
SU 44 48 Hurstbourne Park, West of Whitchurch
SU 44 38 Farmland near Sutton Scotney
SU 54 41 Woodland and farmland near East Stratton
SU 56 16 Bishops Waltham (established route - public access)
SU 62 31 Ropley Dean (established route - public access)
South West Hampshire / New Forest
SU 07 17 Blackheath Down, Tidpit
SU 32 16 Ower, near Paultons Park
SU 31 18 Shelley Common
SU 35 24 Abbotswood, south of Timsbury (established route)
South East Hampshire
SU 68 13 The Warren, Horndean
Isle of Wight
SZ 51 77 Kingates & Whitwell area (established route with public access - temporary cover)
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.
Further information about the scheme can be found here.
Updated 9 June 30 2022