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Records and Recording - Transects

Overview

Butterfly transects are a way of measuring changes in the abundance and variety of butterflies present on a site from year to year. In Warwickshire we currently walk 39 transects.

This requires a commitment to record weekly throughout the six-month period in which butterflies fly in the UK, or if monitoring a single species, the flight period of that species. By sticking to a consistent recording methodology the results are comparable from year to year.

When data from transects all over the UK are combined this can provide valuable information on changes in butterfly numbers nationally. The data also enables us to evaluate changes in butterfly populations on a single site and can reflect changes in the effects of management when compared with trends from many other sites.

Butterflies are uniquely placed to act as indicators of the state of the environment, allowing us to assess the impacts of climate change and the progress of government policy initiatives such as the UK Biodiversity Action Plan, agri-environment schemes and site condition monitoring of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs).

Timed Counts

In addition to the transects, we also carry out Timed Count Monitoring of key species at some sites that are only visited once or twice a year. = UKBMS Link.

Site Transects

Site Name / Recorder

Years Recorded / Species  

Bishops Heaps
Pam Reason

1999 - present
Small Blue, Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak

Bubbenhall Meadows
Jim Timms

2008 - present

Bubbenhall Wood
Jim Timms

2008 - present

Deans Green Meadows
Mary Tipping

2010 - present

Draycote Water
Paul & Julia Sanders

2011 - present

Drayton
Simon McMillan

1993 - present

Hampton Wood
David Beal

2011 - present

Hearsall Common
Peter Thompson

2004 - present

Lighthorne Heath
Alwyn Knapton

2011 - present

Newdigate Pit
Chris Johnson

1999 - present
Dingy Skipper

RSPB Middleton Lakes 1
RSPB Volunteers

2009 - present

RSPB Middleton Lakes 2
RSPB Volunteers

2009 - present

Ryton Meadows
Mike Slater

1990 - present

Ryton Pools Country Park
Ben Coleman

2011 - present

Ryton Wood & Pool
Mike Slater

1990 - present
Wood White, White Admiral, Silver Washed Fritillary

Ryton Wood East
Mike Slater

1995 - present
Wood White, White Admiral, Silver Washed Fritillary

Ryton Wood North
Mike Slater

1991 - present
Wood White, White Admiral, Silver Washed Fritillary

Ryton Wood West
Mike Slater

1998 - present
Wood White, White Admiral, Silver Washed Fritillary

Stockton Cutting
Brian Sherwin

2008 - present
Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak

Wappenbury Wood
Terry Southgate

2008 - present
White Admiral, Silver Washed Fritillary

Warwick Horticulture Research Int.
Matt Mitchell

2004 - present

Weddington North East 1
Chris Johnson

2003 - present

Weddington North East 2
Chris Johnson

2003 - present

Weddington South West 1
Chris Johnson

2003 - present

Weddington South West 2
Chris Johnson

2003 - present

Welches Meadow
Jim Dean

2010 - present

Weston & Waverley Woods
John Balls

2008 - present
White Admiral, Silver Washed Fritillary

Whitacre Heath NR
Chris Johnson

2003 - present

Windmill Blast Bank
vacant

2003-2010 (Chris Johnson)

Windmill Hill Community Nature Area
Chris Johnson

2003 - present

Windmill Spoilbank
Chris Johnson

2003 - present
Dingy Skipper

 

Site Species Transects

Site Name / Recorder

Years Recorded / Species  

Baddesley Spoilheap
Keith Warmington

2006 - present
Dingy Skipper 

Harbury Spoilbank North
Mike & Rosemary Hill

2008 - present
Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak 

Harbury Spoilbank South
Mike & Rosemary Hill

2008 - present
Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak 

Hartshill Hayes
vacant

2009-2010 (John Liggins)
White Admiral, White-letter Hairstreak 

Malpass Spoilbank
vacant

1998-2007 (Phil Parr)
Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak 

Oversley Wood
Roger Juckes

2002 - present
White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary 

Ryton Wood & Pool (PH Walk)
Mike Slater

1990 - present
Purple Hairstreak 

Ryton Wood (Purple Emperor)
Mike Slater

2005 - present
Purple Emperor 

Ryton Wood Meadows (Species)
Mike Slater

2005 - present
Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak 

Ryton Wood Meadows Bund (Species)
Mike Slater

2008 - present
Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper 

Ryton Wood North (Hairstreak Walk)
Mike Slater

1992 - present
Purple Hairstreak, White-letter Hairstreak 

Snitterfield Bushes
Roger Juckes

1999 - present
Grizzled Skipper, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary 

Sutton Park 1
vacant

1998-1999 (Harvey Skelcher)
2003-2006 (Harvey Skelcher)
Green Hairstreak 

Sutton Park 2
vacant

1998-1999 (Harvey Skelcher)
2003-2006 (Harvey Skelcher)
Green Hairstreak 

Ufton Fields
Gill Barber

2009 - present
Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak 

 

Timed Counts

Site Name / Recorder

Years Recorded / Species  

Bishops Bowl
Mike Slater

2010 - present
Small Blue 
 

Kingsbury Colliery Spoilheap
Keith Warmington

2006 - present
Dingy Skipper 
 

Oxhouse Farm
Mike Slater

2006 - present
Dark Green Fritillary 
 

Pooley Country Park
Keith Warmington

2006 - present
Dingy Skipper 
 

Purley Quarry
Keith Warmington

2006 - present
Dingy Skipper 
 

Southam Bypass
Mike Slater

2010 - present
Small Blue 
 

 

Online Butterfly and Day-flying Moth Recording System

Use our online recording system to submit your sightings of butterflies and day-flying moths in Warwickshire.

Warwickshire Transect Recording Officer

Keith Warmington

Search 2017 Online Records





Statistics

2017 First Sightings
2017 Individual Species Counts


Find Out More

Anybody wishing to carry out transect walking in Warwickshire or if you require more information on the subject of butterfly recording and monitoring, please contact the Warwickshire Butterfly Recorder and Transect Coordinator - Keith Warmington.

Warwickshire Transects
Butterfly transects are a way of measuring changes in the abundance and variety of butterflies present on a site from year to year.

2010 Transect Data - Microsoft Excel (62kb) - Download pdf (76kb) - View online - FlashPaper viewer

Useful Links
The UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme assesses changes in butterfly abundance across a network of sites, by a combination of weekly 'transect counts' and single visit 'timed' counts.

Further information about the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme can be found at the UKBMS web site: http://www.ukbms.org