UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS)

The purpose of UKBMS is to assess the status and trends of UK butterfly populations for conservation, research and quality of life. Insect populations are declining sharply across the world, with serious impacts on ecosystem health including the natural resources and services (collectively 'natural capital') that support human life, health and economic activity. Butterflies are uniquely placed amongst British terrestrial insect and other invertebrate groups to act as indicators of the state of the environment, allowing us to assess the impacts of climate change and the progress of government policy initiatives to conserve biodiversity.
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