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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 
Small SkipperStable 80.87 more
Essex SkipperStable 1.11 more
Large SkipperIncreasing 62 more
Dingy SkipperStable 0.98 more
Grizzled SkipperStable 24.54 more
Clouded Yellow? 0.60 more
BrimstoneStable 49.12 more
Large WhiteStable 35.46 more
Small WhiteStable 29.41 more
Green-veined WhiteStable 81.50 more
Orange-tipIncreasing 13.02 more
Brown HairstreakStable 0.94 more
Purple HairstreakStable 1.71 more
Small CopperStable 24.19 more
Brown ArgusStable 0.91 more
Common BlueStable 24.30 more
Holly BlueStable 2.65 more
Duke of BurgundyDeclining 1.46 more
White AdmiralStable 10.33 more
Red AdmiralStable 20.39 more
Painted LadyStable 5.28 more
Small TortoiseshellStable 20.46 more
PeacockDeclining 151.56 more
CommaStable 27 more
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary? 0.26 more
Pearl-bordered FritillaryDeclining 1.66 more
Dark Green FritillaryStable 0.51 more
Silver-washed FritillaryIncreasing 24.25 more
Marsh FritillaryStable 3.23 more
Speckled WoodStable 162.96 more
Wall? 0.09 more
Marbled WhiteDeclining 36.05 more
GatekeeperStable 298.74 more
Meadow BrownStable 638.22 more
Small HeathDeclining 7.37 more
RingletIncreasing 444.98 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 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.