Butterfly Monitoring Volunteer


Adonis blue butterfly

Take part in this survey to help us understand if the landscape is connected and functioning. Butterflies are an important component of our ecosystem and help show when it is healthy

Position details




Any Day



Contact details

For enquiries about how to volunteer email Volunteering

If you have any other enquiries about how you can get involved with the Butterfly Monitoring or would like information about the other Nature's Sure Connected opportunities contact Alana Skilbeck via email alana.skilbeck@kentwildlife.org.uk 


Why is it important?

The natural world isn’t just something for us to enjoy; it sustains us. The fragmentation of landscapes and isolation of habitat patches puts our very survival and prosperity under threat, which is why we work to reconnect these broken links. Through consultation conducted by Kent Wildlife Trust (Nature’s Sure Connected) the conservation community have helped us prioritise four key questions that will help us understand whether landscape-scale conservation is working across Kent and beyond. One of these questions is about connectivity - is the landscape joined-up well enough for wildlife to move from one place to another?

Butterflies can only move through the landscape when suitable connections exist, and this means that monitoring them can help us determine if the work we do means that habitats are becoming more joined-up again. The State of the UK’s Butterflies 2015 report found that 76% of the UK’s resident butterflies have declined in abundance and occurrence over the last four decades. These are very worrying statistics, not only for butterflies but also because of what this tells us about the broken links in our environment and the consequences for the natural environment. 

Last year we found Adonis blue at 9 new sites and silver-spotted skipper at 2 new sites. 
Both Adonis blue and silver spotted skipper had not been recorded previously at these sites (in the preceding 10 years) which indicates dispersal to these locations. Repeating these surveys in 2020 will allow us to confirm the butterflies establishment at new sites. 

How can I help?

By looking for butterflies, and searching nearby to where we know they are, you can help us understand if connectivity is being improved. In particular we are asking volunteers to conduct surveys for the rare Adonis blue and silver-spotted skipper butterflies. Each survey will take approximately one hour and can be done at your own leisure during the suitable weather periods for butterflies. We will be providing training dates to help with both conducting the surveys as well as identification skills for the butterfly species that can be found in Kent.

Take part in this survey to help us understand how our landscapes and wildlife are connected and importantly work towards a Wilder Kent.

silver spotted skipper

What do I do now?

Open the documents below to find out how to take part and get involved:


Recording form (Spreadsheet)

Recording form (Printable)

UK butterfly guide

Butterfly Identification and Survey Training

If you would like to learn more about Kent's butterflies and how to survey them, why not attend one of our training sessions. 

We will be holding  identification and survey training for butterflies in 2020.

Dates TBC

For more information about these dates or to book a place please email alana.skilbeck@kentwildlife.org.uk