Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey 2021

Butterfly Conservation is searching for volunteers for the Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey (WCBS)in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire - no experience needed, just an interest in butterflies and a willingness to walk a transect a couple of times in July or August.

Although squares are allocated randomly by Butterfly Conservation, we have squares throughout the county but are particularly looking for someone in the areas shown in the lists.

If you would like to help this year and would like more information please contact Clare Topping the Wider Countryside Co-ordinator.

The WCBS, a national survey, is now in it’s 12th year and contributes to both the local and national records helping BC monitor the state of the country’s butterflies.

A joint project with the BTO, in 2015 there were 34 transects walked at least twice with over 6,200 butterflies, moths and damselflies recorded.

The top three butterflies were Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper and Ringlet, but we did have Clouded Yellows, Fritillaries and Purple Emperors for a bit of colour!

Squares available in Northamptonshire:
  • SP7639 Deanshanger
  • SP6051 Adstone, Near Canons Ashby
  • SP9882 Brookfield Plantation, Corby
  • SP9992 Crosshand Farm, Oundle
  • SP9479 Slipton
  • SP5543 Greatworth
  • SP5879 Stanford Hall (must be arranged with the owners)
  • SP7651 Roade
  • SP6350 Blakesley
  • SP7084 near East Farndon
  • SP5846 Weston, N Brackley
  • TL0192 Southwick
Squares available in Bedfordshire:
  • TL0330 near Toddington Services
  • TL2050 East of Sandy
  • SP9827 Tebworth
  • SP9628 Battlesden
  • TL0037 West of Ampthill
  • SP5591 Bromham
  • TL0152 Oakley
  • TL2149 Potton
  • TL0123 Houghton Regis