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Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey (WCBS)

Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey (WCBS)

The WCBS is a national scheme which complements the transects of the UK BMS with mini transects walked in squares randomly selected by the BTO computer.  Volunteers from Butterfly Conservation and the BTO need to walk just twice per year in July and August (with an optional spring walk if you wish).  This means that the commitment is not heavy.

The Wider Countryside Butterfly Scheme (WCBS) Report 2018 has been published.  Click here to download a copy in pdf format.

Over the past nine years volunteers have monitored butterflies in a selection of 1 km squares.  In July and August 2017, on two walks along fixed routes, 774 squares were surveyed nationally, 39 squares in Suffolk.  The Report is an interesting read showing not only the results of butterfly species numbers and analysis,  but also a guide to some day-flying moths which recorders are encouraged to include.    If you have not previously been part of the scheme but would like to become involved in 2018 contact Twm Wade at the email address below.

We have 11 squares in need of a volunteer.  For details see below
OS Grid Reference Town/Parish Post Code
TL8164 Westley IP33 3RB
TL8381 Thetford (west) IP24 3ST
TL9248 Lavenham CO10 9PE
TL9462 Beyton IP30 9AH
TL9479 Coney Weston IP31 1HL
TL9577 Coney Weston IP31 1DL
TM0378 Redgrave IP22 1SA
TM1233 Brantham CO11 1PT
TM1944 Ipswich (Hospital and Copleston High School) IP4 5PD
TM3180 St James, South Elmham and Metfield IP19 0HT
TM3568 Peasenhall IP17 2NQ
     
Email our WCBS co-ordinator, Twm Wade to volunteer for one of these squares

Download reports by clicking on the following years

2015    2016    2017    2018

BMS - Butterfly Monitoring Scheme
BTO - British Trust for Ornithology

Details of WCBS Squares

TL8164 Westley IP33 3RB
Location
Less than a mile from Junction 42 of the A14, west of Bury St Edmunds and the village of Westley.
Description
There are no public paths across the square but 2 private ways. The map shows a track going west from Old Church Lane which crosses arable land (I think) to a public path.  There also seems to be a way through Old Warren Wood which has potential. 
Ownership
Unknown. Please use the Landowner Letter; http://www.ukbms.org/Downloads/Wider_Countryside/WCBS%20Landowner%20Letter%202018.pdf

TL8381 Thetford (west) IP24 3ST

Location
It is less than a mile off the A11 junction at Thetford (southern round-about) and between the rifle range and the A11 Elveden bypass.
Description - route established,  29 species recorded. 
There is ready access outside the range danger area. The walk starts at Olley’s Farm and goes west for about 1Km. There is a track to follow going south to the return route which is a bit wild following a track near the edge of the Forestry Commission (FC) property. You can park at the junction or at Olley’s Farm if you get the FC key.
Ownership
Forestry Commission. Contact Neil Armour-Chelu, Ecologist at Santon Downham, IP27 0TJ; 01842 816019.

TL9248 Lavenham CO10 9PE
Location
It is south-east of Lavenham and bisected by the A1141 Brent Eleigh Road.
Description
There are public footpaths as well as the road in this steep-sided valley. It looks as if there is a mixture of habitats.
Ownership
Unknown. Please use the Landowner Letter; http://www.ukbms.org/Downloads/Wider_Countryside/WCBS%20Landowner%20Letter%202018.pdf

TL9462 Beyton IP30 9AH
Location
It is south-east of Beyton, south of the A14 at J46.
Description
There are public footpaths and a minor road crossing the area. It appears to be an area of arable farming with the remnants of hedges.
Ownership
Unknown. Please use the Landowner Letter; http://www.ukbms.org/Downloads/Wider_Countryside/WCBS%20Landowner%20Letter%202018.pdf

TL9479 Coney Weston IP31 1HL
Location
It is south of and adjoining Knettishall Heath. The square includes a small section of the Icknield Way Trail (IWT).
Description
There is one public path (east-west) which links a minor road to IWT. A second route would require permission from the farmer. Google Maps shows any route being mostly arable.
Ownership
Unknown. Please use the Landowner Letter; http://www.ukbms.org/Downloads/Wider_Countryside/WCBS%20Landowner%20Letter%202018.pdf

TL9577 Coney Weston IP31 1DL
Location
It is immediately south of Coney Weston village with Pinnocks Farm at its centre.
Description
Apart from the road out of Coney Weston to Barningham, there are no public paths across this site. It is an arable area.
Ownership
Unknown. Please use the Landowner Letter; http://www.ukbms.org/Downloads/Wider_Countryside/WCBS%20Landowner%20Letter%202018.pdf

TM0378 Redgrave IP22 1SA
Location
It is at a place called Crackthorn Corner, mostly South of the county boundary and the source of the Little Ouse River.
Description - route established, 12 species recorded
The route starts in Mill Lane, crosses the road to a path east and then north of Gressingham Foods. It then turns south to Fen Road onto Hinderclay Road and Southern Lane. The route has intermittent trees and grass verges.
Ownership
Unknown. Route uses public rights of way.

TM1233 Brantham CO11 1PT
Location
This square is east of Brantham, just less than half are the mudflats of the River Stour.  The square includes Brantham Hall Farm.
Description
The square includes a section of the Stour and Orwell Walk which is joined from the north by Newmill Lane. There is a potential for 2 east-west routes with the landowner’s permission.
Ownership
Unknown. Please use the Landowner Letter; http://www.ukbms.org/Downloads/Wider_Countryside/WCBS%20Landowner%20Letter%202018.pdf

TM1944 Ipswich (Hospital and Copleston High School) IP4 5PD
Location
This square includes Ipswich Hospital and Copleston High School along with part of Rushmere Heath. It straddles the A1189.
Description
This a very much an urban area with open spaces and areas in government ownership. It should be interesting for someone wanting something different. Finding a route northsouth should be possible.
Ownership
The school and hospital is in public ownership and conditional access should be possible.  Rushmere Heath is occupied by the Rushmere Golf Club. The club may be pleased to be part of a butterfly survey as it does their environmental credentials good.
Please use the Landowner Letter; http://www.ukbms.org/Downloads/Wider_Countryside/WCBS%20Landowner%20Letter%202018.pdf        

TM3180 St James, South Elmham and  Metfield IP19 0HT
Location
The square is south of the village of St James South Elmham and west of Park Farm.
Description
This is an arable area and may have little concession to the environment as far as I can see from Google. There are public paths some of which may have been diverted to give the 100m separation required.
Ownership
Unknown. Please use the Landowner Letter;  http://www.ukbms.org/Downloads/Wider_Countryside/WCBS%20Landowner%20Letter%202018.pdf

TM3568 Peasenhall IP17 2NQ
Location
This square is south of Peasenhall on the A1120 and some 2 miles west of Yoxford.
Description - route established, 24 species recorded.
This is an arable area where hedgerow trees have been retained. The route starts at a watercourse called The Gull near Gales Farm and ends near Streetgrove Farm. It is possible to create a circular route.
Ownership
Unknown. Route uses public rights of way.



 
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