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Obtaining Data

The UKBMS database is managed by the Biological Records Centre, based at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) in Wallingford. UKBMS data can be supplied at varying scales and resolution.

A summary of the data capture, processing, validation and reporting can be access here.

To access published data summaries, use the following sources:

  • Species trends. Obtained via https://catalogue.ceh.ac.uk. Search for 'United Kingdom Butterfly Monitoring Scheme: species trends' for the most recent version.
  • National log collated indices for specific species. Obtained via https://catalogue.ceh.ac.uk. Search for 'United Kingdom Butterfly Monitoring Scheme : collated indices' for the most recent version.
  • UKBMS site locations. Obtained via https://catalogue.ceh.ac.uk. Search for 'United Kingdom Butterfly Monitoring Scheme : site location data' for the most recent version
  • Species distribution data (summarised occurrence within 1km squares). Obtained via the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Gateway (https://data.nbn.org.uk/Datasets) as part of the Butterflies for the New Millenium datasets. Search for 'Butterfly distribution' where dataset provider is Butterfly Conservation.

To access raw data or data summaries, i.e.

  • Annual abundance indices for species at specific sites
  • Annual phenology estimates for species at specific sites
  • Annual, weekly and/or section, summary tables of species counts for specific sites (both UKBMS and WCBS)
  • Site locations for the WCBS

Please read and complete our Data Request Form including the terms and conditions of the Data Licence (Open Government Licence). Please return completed request forms as:

Electronic version (preferred), as a word document or pdf with filename in the format 'Filename_requestors name_date request made' (e.g., UKBMS_Data licence 2018_JoeBloggs_30Nov2018.docx), via email to ukbms@ceh.ac.uk

Or posted to:

Marc Botham (UKBMS),
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology,
Benson Lane,
Crowmarsh Gifford,
Wallingford,
Oxfordshire OX10 8BB

For any inquiries about the Data Licence Agreement please call Marc Botham on +44 (0)1491 692437


The UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme is organized and funded by Butterfly Conservation (BC), the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC). The UKBMS is indebted to all volunteers who contribute data to the scheme.