Butterfly Survey

Why and how to take part?

By collecting information about the butterflies you see while out and about in the uplands you can help us to find out if:

•the distribution of these species is changing over time
•the number of sightings of these butterflies is changing
•the timing of events is changing in response to climate change

The species we have chosen as potential indicators of climate change are show below. Click the images below for more details about why we have chosen each species.

Green Hairstreak butterfly Orange Tip butterfly Peacock butterfly
 Green Hairstreak  Orange Tip  Peacock

How to take part

1. If you see any of the species, make a note of how many you saw, when and where. Try to give as much information as possible about where it was so we can get an accurate location. Optionally you can download and print a postcard (by clicking the image below) to remind you what to look for when you're out and about. You can also use our MoorWILD smartphone/tablet app (for Apple and Android) to record your observation and submit your sightings in the field. Click here to find out more about the app and how to get it.

2. Submit your sightings.

We have chosen these species because they are fairly simple to identify. For more help with butterfly identification, you can use Butterfly Conservation's interactive ID tool.

Please note: While carrying out this survey you do so entirely at your own risk. Moors for the Future do not accept any liability or responsibility for the well-being of surveyors or damage/loss of their property. Download our Health and Safety Guidelines here.

Butterfly illustrations (c) Chris Shields.

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