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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) Summary 2020 has been published.  Click here to download a copy in pdf format.

For 2021 you can download the changes summary for the UK (click here) and for individual contries (click here)

Over the past 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 contact Twm Wade at the email address below.

We have 8 squares in need of a volunteer.  For details see below
OS Grid Reference Town/Parish Post Code
TL7866 Risby IP28 6RD
TL7951 Thurston End, Hawkedon IP19 4LQ
TL8183 Santon Downham IP27 0AF
TL8566 Fornham St Martin,
Bury St Edmunds North
IP31 1SN
TL9462 Beyton IP30 9AH
TL9577 Coney Weston IP31 1DL
TM4069 Darsham IP17 3PH
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    2019    2020 summary

BMS - Butterfly Monitoring Scheme
BTO - British Trust for Ornithology

Details of WCBS Squares

TL9047 Acton, Lavenham CO10 0BL
South of Harwood Place, Lavenham, and east of Rookery Farm.
Description - route established, 20 species recorded.
Previous contact: Sue.Fayers@babergh.gov.uk . Or try Strutt and Parker Farms at Little Waltham. Please use the Landowner Letter;

TL9462 Beyton IP30 9AH
It is south-east of Beyton, south of the A14 at J46.
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.
Unknown. 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
The square is south of the village of St James South Elmham and west of Park Farm.
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.
Unknown. Please use the Landowner Letter;  http://www.ukbms.org/Downloads/Wider_Countryside/WCBS%20Landowner%20Letter%202018.pdf

TM3388 Bungay NR35 1PE
Bungay is about 11.5 miles west of Lowestoft off the A143. The square includes the southwestern part of Bungay and straddles the B1062. Interestingly, part of the square is in Norfolk.
Description - route established, 20 species recorded This square is a mixture of urban and rural habitats with a flood plain to the north. It includes an area of public access and an escarpment. There is woodland and public rights of way; an interesting patch. It should be worth while contacting the land owner.
Unknown. Please use the Landowner Letter;

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