Botham, M.; Roy, D.; Brereton, T.; Middlebrook, I.; Randle, Z.

United Kingdom Butterfly Monitoring Scheme: site location data 2013

This dataset provides the details of all sites which have been monitored as part of the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS). Data includes the location within the UK, the length and width of the line transect on each site, and how long the transect has been monitored. The UKBMS started in 1976 with fewer than 50 sites. The number of sites monitored each year has increased to over a thousand since 2008. There is turnover in sites monitored each year and details of the first and last year in which each site was surveyed are given. The majority of site data is provided by recorders at the time a transect is created. The majority of these recorders are volunteers. The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) and Butterfly Conservation (BC) collate the data and the UKBMS is funded by a consortium of organisations led by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).

Publication date: 2014-10-07

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Format of the Dataset : Comma-separated values (CSV)

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You must cite: Botham, M.; Roy, D.; Brereton, T.; Middlebrook, I.; Randle, Z. (2014). United Kingdom Butterfly Monitoring Scheme: site location data 2013. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


This dataset is part of the following


Study area
Temporal extent
1976-04-01    to    2013-09-01

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

This is a web page which provides data for each butterfly species at each monitored site. It also provides links to reports, UKBMS related publications and to UKBMS statistics in addition to maps of sites.


Site location data provide details about the linear transect at each UKBMS site. Data on the location and length and width of each transect are provided by the recorder for each site. Data on how long each transect has been monitored is calculated as the time period between when a transect was first and last monitored.


Botham, M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Roy, D.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Brereton, T.
Butterfly Conservation
Middlebrook, I.
Butterfly Conservation
Randle, Z.
Butterfly Conservation

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Point Of Contact
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Point Of Contact
Butterfly Conservation
Resource Provider
UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme
Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
Environmental Information Data Centre


Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid


Topic categories
Other keywords
Natural Capital
Other keywords
Discipline keywords
Place keywords
Northern Ireland
Temporal keywords
Theme keywords
Environmental monitoring facilities

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