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Obtaining Data

The UKBMS database is managed by the Biological Records Centre, based at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) in Wallingford. UKBMS data can be supplied at varying scales and resolution.

To access published data summaries, use the following sources:

  • Species trends. Obtained via https://catalogue.ceh.ac.uk. Search for 'United Kingdom Butterfly Monitoring Scheme: species trends' for the most recent version.
  • National log collated indices for specific species. Obtained via https://catalogue.ceh.ac.uk. Search for 'United Kingdom Butterfly Monitoring Scheme : collated indices' for the most recent version.
  • UKBMS site locations. Obtained via https://catalogue.ceh.ac.uk. Search for 'United Kingdom Butterfly Monitoring Scheme : site location data' for the most recent version
  • Species distribution data (summarised occurrence within 1km squares). Obtained via the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Gateway (https://data.nbn.org.uk/Datasets) as part of the Butterflies for the New Millenium datasets. Search for 'Butterfly distribution' where dataset provider is Butterfly Conservation.

To access raw data or data summaries, i.e.

  • Annual abundance indices for species at specific sites
  • Annual phenology estimates for species at specific sites
  • Annual, weekly and/or section, summary tables of species counts for specific sites (both UKBMS and WCBS)
  • Site locations for the WCBS

Please read and complete our Data Licence Agreement. Please complete the Data Request form (included in the Data Licence Agreement) giving details of the data required and how it will be used. Please complete, sign and date the agreement to be returned as:

Electronic version (preferred), as a word document or pdf with filename in the format 'Filename_yourname_date' (e.g., UKBMS_datalicenceagreement_JoeBloggs_25Jan2013.doc), via email to ukbms@ceh.ac.uk

Or posted to:

Marc Botham (UKBMS),
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology,
Benson Lane,
Crowmarsh Gifford,
Wallingford,
Oxfordshire OX10 8BB

For any inquiries about the Data Licence Agreement please call Marc Botham on +44 (0)1491 692437


The UKBMS is run by  Butterfly Conservation (BC), the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), in partnership with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), and supported and steered by Forestry Commission (FC),  Natural England (NE), Natural Resources Wales (NRW), Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). The UKBMS is indebted to all volunteers who contribute data to the scheme.