The Garden Butterfly Survey is a UK citizen science project that anyone can take part in if they have regular access to a private or shared garden (including allotments). Participants share their observations of butterflies in gardens through this website and, when collated together, these data help Butterfly Conservation and others to understand how butterflies are faring in the UK's gardens. Butterfly Conservation run the survey because we'd like to assess the importance of gardens as habitat for butterflies and determine how people can best manage their gardens to help boost butterfly populations. Sightings and information submitted about gardens will help answer these questions. The survey scheme is set up specifically for gardens and you can share sightings from any time of year. This is different from Butterfly Conservation’s other schemes and surveys which focus on other habitats, or take place over only part of the year. Please note: your Garden Butterfly Survey sightings will not form part of the Big Butterfly Count.
What is the Garden Butterfly Survey?