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Somerford Common

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Map of Somerford Common

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County : England(Wiltshire)
Gridref : SU020860
Year established : 1991
Number of sections : 13
Altitude (m) :
Length (m) : 3249
Width (m) : 5
Broad habitat : Mature mixed broadleaved and coniferous woodland
The following species have been recorded on this site:
SpeciesStatusColonised / ExtinctMean Count 
Essex/Small SkipperStable 118.83 more
Small SkipperStable 87.61 more
Essex SkipperStable 1.29 more
Large SkipperIncreasing 60.53 more
Dingy SkipperStable 1.06 more
Grizzled SkipperStable 29.29 more
Clouded Yellow? 0.64 more
BrimstoneStable 48.36 more
Large WhiteStable 34.90 more
Small WhiteStable 29.89 more
Green-veined WhiteStable 81.05 more
Orange-tipIncreasing 13.02 more
Brown HairstreakStable 0.90 more
Purple HairstreakStable 1.60 more
Small CopperStable 25.10 more
Brown ArgusStable 0.90 more
Common BlueStable 23.30 more
Holly BlueStable 2.69 more
Duke of BurgundyDeclining 1.62 more
White AdmiralStable 9.95 more
Red AdmiralStable 19.35 more
Painted LadyStable 5.51 more
Small TortoiseshellStable 20.81 more
PeacockDeclining 155.92 more
CommaStable 26.61 more
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary? 0.27 more
Pearl-bordered FritillaryDeclining 1.84 more
Dark Green FritillaryStable 0.54 more
Silver-washed FritillaryIncreasing 22.78 more
Marsh FritillaryStable 3.69 more
Speckled WoodStable 160.11 more
Wall? 0.10 more
Marbled WhiteDeclining 40.19 more
GatekeeperStable 307.93 more
Meadow BrownStable 619.03 more
Small HeathDeclining 8.56 more
RingletStable 437.21 more

This table shows the species that have been recorded on this site. Where sufficient data is available, trends in abundance are assessed and colonisation/extinction events are identified. Click on 'more' to see a plot of abundance through time for each species. See green question mark above for more details.


The UKBMS is run by  Butterfly Conservation (BC), the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), in partnership with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), and supported and steered by Forestry Commission (FC),  Natural England (NE), Natural Resources Wales (NRW), Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). The UKBMS is indebted to all volunteers who contribute data to the scheme.