Butterfly Surveys

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Butterflies have been monitored at the Medina Valley Centre since 1988.

The data we collect is shared with Butterfly Conservation and The United Kingdom Butterfly Monitoring Scheme, and helps to monitor the health of Britain’s’ butterflies. Each year we summarise our data in the form of a report (see below).

We are fortunate to have a wide range of habitats around our grounds that attract a diverse  range of butterfly species. Our grounds are often a hotspot of butterfly activity in the summer months, and we regularly record numbers of over 500 individuals a season. Some examples of the types of butterfly we get around our grounds can be seen in the photographs throughout this page. All the photos of butterflies have been taken from around the Centre grounds by Keith Marston.

Butterfly Transect
A Transect walk is carried out annually between April and September to record the number and types of butterflies that occur around the Centres’ grounds. The grounds are divided into 10 areas and species are recorded from each one, as shown on the map below:

The busiest areas for butterflies are areas 2 and 7, which are areas of land we actively manage to create a habitat known as ‘Unimproved Grassland’. This habitat is home to low-nutrient loving plants, such as the Common Spotted Orchid, that are a real treat for certain species of butterfly.

See our reports below for more information on the types and numbers of butterflies we have seen around our grounds over the years.
Medina Valley Centre Butterfly Reports available to download:

For reports from 1999-2003 and for information about our long-term monitoring, see the ‘Our Research’ page.