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These statistics have been produced to the high professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics, which sets out eight principles including meeting user needs, impartiality and objectivity, integrity, sound methods and assured quality, frankness and accessibility. More information on the Official Statistics Code of Practice can be found at http://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/assessment/code-of-practice/index.html.

Click here  to access the 2017 Summary of Changes table for the UK. The table includes trend estimates for 57 species regularly recorded in the UK and for which sufficient data is available. Indices are calculated for all species using the Generalised Abundance Index (GAI) method developed in 2016 (Dennis et al (2016) BIOMETRICS: DOI: 10.1111/biom.12506) which uses data from all standard BMS all-species butterfly transects, targeted single species surveys and wider countryside butterfly survey squares. The number of sites monitored is a count of all sites on which a species has been monitored in the current analysis year, including those sites on which a species was absent but has been formerly recorded, and thus contribute to the calculation of the national index. For those species for which there is currently insufficient data to perform trend analyses, the number of sites monitored is the total number of sites in that year on which that species was recorded.

Click here  to access the 2017 Country-level Summary of Changes tables for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The tables include trend estimates for all species regularly recorded in the respective countries and for which sufficient data is available. Indices are calculated for all species using the Generalised Abundance Index (GAI) method developed in 2016 (Dennis et al (2016) BIOMETRICS: DOI: 10.1111/biom.12506) which uses data from all standard BMS all-species butterfly transects, targeted single species surveys and wider countryside butterfly survey squares. The number of sites monitored is a count of all sites on which a species has been monitored in the current analysis year, including those sites on which a species was absent but has been formerly recorded, and thus contribute to the calculation of the national index. For those species for which there is currently insufficient data to perform trend analyses, the number of sites monitored is the total number of sites in that year on which that species was recorded. Note: Some country-level changes are based on relatively small sample sizes and thus should be interpreted with caution.


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.