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Butterfly monitoring scheme

09 April 2010

The Jersey Butterfly Monitoring Scheme has now been running for 6 years and forms part of Planning and Environment’s integrated programme to carry out ‘State of the Environment Monitoring’. One of the scheme’s main objectives is monitoring specific components of the Countryside Renewal Scheme (CRS).

A training event to organise 2010 transects and also give existing volunteers some feedback on previous year’s results has been put together for anyone wishing to volunteer. It will take place on Saturday 10 April 2010, 10.30am - 4pm at Howard Davis Farm in Trinity

The JBMS enables Planning and Environment to monitor changes in butterfly abundance and diversity at individual sites. This can be compared with results elsewhere, to assess the impact of local factors such as habitat change caused by management and land-use changes especially in relation to CRS. Butterflies are recognised as important indicator species for general invertebrate health and indicators of environmental and habitat quality.

Saturday’s training event is for both volunteers already signed up and those wishing to take part in the above surveys for the Jersey Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (JBMS).

Training includes:

  • transect recording methods to count adult numbers of butterflies during their flight periods
  • butterfly identification
  • habitat classification and monitoring form completion

In addition to training, presentations will be given on previous years butterfly results and UK population results presented by Dr Susan Clarke from Butterfly Conservation.

If you would like come or require more information please contact Nina Cornish on +44 (0) 1534 441624.

The JBMS runs in close collaboration with Butterfly Conservation (BC).


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