Jim Mart Nature Reserve – butterfly recording opportunity

Following a very successful first year of implementing the butterfly transect at the Jim Mart reserve, there is now an opportunity for one or two more club members to join the recording team.

If you can identify the majority of Derbyshire’s butterfly species, and can spare an hour or so once a month to visit the Jim Mart reserve (Wingerworth / Clay Cross / Ashover area), then you will find it a rewarding experience. All that is involved is to pick a sunny day, walk round the reserve on a pre-defined route, and note down the number of each species of butterfly seen in each section. After that, put the results on the provided record sheet and send it off by email to the rest of the team.

The recording season runs from the beginning of April to the end of September, so there will plenty of opportunity to see all of the site’s 25 species, including Dingy Skipper and Small Heath. On-site training will be provided in early to mid-March.

The Jim Mart transect results are input to the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme supported by Butterfly Conservation, so you will be personally contributing to ongoing research into butterfly distribution in the British Isles.

If you are interested in joining the team, then please reply using the contact form below before the end of this month.

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