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Butterfly Survey Volunteers Wanted!

posted 27 Mar 2017, 11:43 by Communications TEAM   [ updated 27 Mar 2017, 11:45 ]
SAVE THE DATE – SATURDAY 1st APRIL!  10 am, meet at Fallin (finish there around 12pm).  1.30pm, meet at Plean Country Park (finish around 3pm).

It is that time of year again!

We are looking for people to help out with the 26 week butterfly surveys at Plean Country Park, and Wester Moss & Fallin Bing.

This is a survey carried out in conjunction with Butterfly Conservation, as part of the UKBMS (UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme), and each of these counts helps to build a bigger picture of what is happening to butterfly populations nationwide, and beyond.  See for further details.

You need no prior experience, just an ability to walk around a mile, over paths and grasslands (at Plean Country Park), and paths and rather rugged bog land (wellies definitely required!) at Fallin Bing & Wester Moss.  You should record what butterflies you see on the way, using a pencil and recording form (both provided), and this must be done on a sunny day with very little wind.

We need one count carried out per week at each of these two sites, with each count taking approximately an hour, probably less at Plean – it depends on how much you see when out there.  You are invited to bring your diary along to the training session(s)so that we can get you signed up to one or more (if you fancy) survey weeks.  This is to make sure we get the 26 weeks covered.  For you, it means a one hour walk in the sunshine counting butterflies, once or more this summer – the survey runs from April until the end of September.  We will do the first surveys on the 1st when we deliver the training sessions.

So, if you fancy it, email me back and let me know whether you wish to attend the Fallin Bing/Wester Moss session on the 1st April, or the Plean Country park session. 

I AM OFF WORK NOW UNTIL WEDNESDAY 29th MARCH, so will get back to you on Wednesday if you get in touch.

Hope to see you sometime soon.


Jennifer Davidson

Countryside Ranger

Roads & Land Services