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Map of Porton Down

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County : England(Wiltshire)
Gridref : SU240350
Year established : 1994
Number of sections : 15
Altitude (m) :
Length (m) : 2700
Width (m) : 5
Broad habitat : Dry semi/unimproved (flower rich) chalk/limestone grassland
The following species have been recorded on this site:
SpeciesStatusColonised / ExtinctMean Count 
Small SkipperDeclining 7.44 more
Essex SkipperDeclining 1.68 more
Silver-spotted SkipperStable 64.47 more
Large SkipperStable 5.73 more
Dingy SkipperStable 24.01 more
Grizzled SkipperStable 19.36 more
Clouded YellowStable 0.71 more
BrimstoneIncreasing 28.80 more
Large WhiteStable 20.22 more
Small WhiteStable 16.55 more
Green-veined WhiteStable 2.18 more
Orange-tipStable 0.38 more
Green HairstreakStable 16.52 more
Brown Hairstreak? 0.41 more
Small CopperStable 36.96 more
Small BlueDeclining 5.30 more
Brown ArgusStable 56.90 more
Common BlueStable 248.04 more
Chalk Hill BlueDeclining 9.10 more
Adonis BlueStable 0.98 more
Holly BlueStable 1.01 more
Duke of BurgundyStable 0.68 more
Purple Emperor? 0.07 more
Red AdmiralStable 2.57 more
Painted LadyStable 2.15 more
Small TortoiseshellDeclining 4.49 more
PeacockIncreasing 15 more
CommaStable 0.58 more
Pearl-bordered Fritillary? 0.19 more
Dark Green FritillaryStable 208.11 more
Silver-washed FritillaryStable 0.34 more
Marsh Fritillary? 0.04 more
Speckled WoodIncreasing 4.91 more
Wall? 0.25 more
Marbled WhiteStable 90.26 more
Grayling? 0.20 more
GatekeeperStable 7.62 more
Meadow BrownStable 1714.43 more
Small HeathStable 273.27 more
RingletStable 12.46 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.