Butterflies are the best-studied UK insects by far, providing vital insights into the changing state of wider biodiversity and the ecosystem services that depend upon it, as well as an important opportunity for the general public to engage with conservation, citizen science and the natural world. Restoring butterfly populations across the UK, in gardens, urban green spaces and the countryside, is likely to bring substantial benefits to innumerable other species but also to the health, wealth and well-being of the human population
Sadly many of our UK butterflies are declining, following on-going monitoring in the UK. The new analyses provide further evidence of the serious, long-term and on-going decline of UK butterflies, with 70% of species declining in occurrence and 57% declining in abundance (based on the UKBMS) since 1976.(Butterfly Conservation, 2017)
Butterflies in the Barnsley Borough have generally been well recorded over the decades, however the last butterfly atlas showing their distribution and abundance locally was last published in 1999. As a result we have little data locally to analyse and monitor any significant trends of key species during the last 18 years, that’s where YOU can help?
The DVLP working in partnership with Sorby Natural History Society and Barnsley Biological Records Centre have teamed up on an exciting new project called the ‘Barnsley Butterfly Atlas’.
The project aims to encourage local people of all ages and skill levels to volunteer and submit any records they have on butterflies seen in the Barnsley Borough since 1999.
How can you help?
- Submit existing records to firstname.lastname@example.org (any time after 1999, as detailed as possible with 6 figure grid references if possible please)
- Undertake a survey of your local area, garden or green space in Barnsley and submit your records
- Volunteer for the project and undertake our free workshop on survey and identification
You can also get hold of our leaflet below if you would like to encourage others to get involved too.
In addition, if you would like some additional guidance on identification of UK butterflies please visit Butterfly Conservation: http://butterfly-conservation.org/50/identify-a-butterfly.html
For more information on the project and how to get involved please contact us at DVLP@Barnsley.gov.uk or call us on 01226-772414
Locations in the Dearne
This event can be found at the following locations:
Barnsley Municipal Cemetery was first laid out in 1861.
West Haigh Woods
West Haigh Woods is a large ancient woodland area located near Grimethorpe, South Yorkshire.
Elsecar Heritage Centre
The Elsecar Heritage Centre is a family attraction located in the village of Elsecar, South Yorkshire.
Worsbrough Mill and Reservoir
Worsbrough Mill is a working 17th century water mill located in a 240 acre Country Park in Worsbrough, South Yorkshire.
Barnsley Main Colliery, Barnsley
The Barnsley Main Colliery is the remains of large deep mining site located in the Barnsley area in South Yorkshire.
Wombwell Wood, Wombwell
Wombwell Wood is an ancient semi-natural broadleaf woodland located in the Wobwell, South Yorkshire.