Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey (WCBS)
The WCBS is a UK wide 'light touch' recording scheme for monitoring butterfly numbers across the UK. Results from these surveys feed into national statistics that inform policy makers about the health of the environment. Volunteers take 'ownership' of a randomly selected 1km OS grid square, walking two parallel transect lines through the square at least once in July and once in August, identifying and recording any butterflies seen. Walks need to take place in good weather and follow the same methodology used for butterfly transects. No experience is necessary - just an interest in butterflies, a willingness to learn, normal eyesight and the ability to get to and from the square and to walk the route safely.
Because squares are selected randomly they can cover any type of habitat, including urban areas and farmland as well as more natural areas. In some cases the landowners permission is required before walks can take place.
A number of squares have been identified in Hampshire which require new walkers for 2019. These are listed below, with approximate locations. If you are interesting in getting involved in butterfly recording and would be able to undertake two walks a year (one in July and one in August) at one of these locations please contact Jacky Adams on 023 8081 3671 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
North East Hampshire
SU 79 47 South of Crondall
North West Hampshire
SU 38 46 West Andover
SU 44 48 Hurstbourne Park, West of Whitchurch
SU 86 33 Bramshott Common
SU 44 38 armland near Sutton Scotney
SU 45 32 Littleton
SU 47 24 Shawford Park area
SU 54 41 Embley Wood, near East Stratton
South West Hampshire / New Forest
SU 32 16 Ower, near Paultons Park
SZ 15 97 Sopley, Avon Valley
SZ 36 97 East End, south of East Boldre
Please note that it may not prove possible to walk all the squares listed if suitable routes cannot be found or landowners withhold permission. Further information about the scheme can be found at http://www.ukbms.org/wcbs.aspx.
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