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The objective of the Partnership is to continue running the UKBMS in order to provide an evidence base that can be used to address policy issues and give an indication of the state of the wider countryside.

Aims include:

  • Maintain or increase the number of volunteers involved in recording, whilst improving efficiency in interaction with volunteers. This may include taking advantage of further developments in online data entry, and making better use of the UKBMS website as a means of communication with volunteers.
  • Maintain production of butterfly trends for at least 56 species at UK level, and promote data collection that will enable production of more country level trends and answers to key questions as required by the funders.
  • Periodic interpretation of UKBMS outputs (including assessment of levels of certainty) and provision of feedback back to the recorder network.

Key annual deliverables of the project will include:

  • Production of newsletters to provide feedback to recorders, eg ‘Monitoring on Special Sites coverage newsletter’ and ‘WCBS coverage newsletter’
  • Summary table of butterfly population trends for the Official Statistic.
  • Population trends for the UK, and broken down by country where possible
  • UK, and country level indicators
  • Updated text and species results on UKBMS website
  • Annual butterfly recorders meeting
  • UKBMS annual report – including interpretation of trends
  • Summary log of data requests and data uses

The UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme is organized and funded by Butterfly Conservation (BC), the UK 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.