Butterfly Volunteer Surveyor (Wild Ingleborough)

We are currently looking to recruit Volunteer Butterfly Transect Surveyors to assist on our Wild Ingleborough project.

Wild Ingleborough is a multi-partner, landscape-scale conservation project creating a wilder future for this part of the Yorkshire Dales, and you can be a part of helping this happen! Although Wild Ingleborough was only launched in 2021, the project builds on decades of work across the same sites by Natural England and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Butterfly monitoring is part of this, and the project has set up new transects to add to Natural England’s butterfly monitoring in the area.

Carrying out many transects across a whole season is very labour intensive, so splitting the work amongst willing, knowledgeable volunteers is essential to keeping the data reliable and usable. The data is used to inform reserve management plans and future projects, as well as being passed onto the UK Butterfly Conservation Trust as part of their nationwide monitoring effort.

The project’s efforts to recover the landscape will benefit species such as the Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary and the Northern Brown Argus, which are both UK BAP priority species and of high butterfly conservation priority. However, if surveying efforts are not sufficient, we will be unable to track the trends in butterfly species, and so will struggle to make management decisions with these species’ best interests in mind. That’s why we need your help.

You will be assisting with butterfly surveys on Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Wild Ingleborough project, to maintain accurate records of butterflies across the project area to inform future management.

You will do this by being involved in the following:

  • Undertaking butterfly surveys, preferably between once a week and once a mont between April and September
  • An informal chat with a member of the team on procedures and methods.
  • Reading through and agreeing to lone working procedure and relevant risk assessments.
  • Reading and understanding the UKBMS Field Guidance Notes for Butterfly Transects, and UKBMS Summary Information for Recorders documents.
  • Submitting transect data through the UKBMS online data entry system.

The transects are in and around Ingleborough National Nature Reserve, North Yorkshire.

The parking points near the transects are:

  • Ribblehead Quarry, Ribblehead, LA6 3AS.
  • Selside Outdoor Centre, Selside, BD24 0HZ.

We are looking for volunteers who can commit to between one survey a week and one survey a month between May and September 2024.

Please note, butterfly surveys can only take place when the weather is warm and calm, so you will need to have a flexible approach about when you go out onto sites. You will also need to be comfortable with walking up to 2km on each visit, sometimes across uneven terrain.

How to Apply

How to Apply

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Key Information


Yorkshire Wildlife Trust




Part Time


Entry Level


Biodiversity, Conservation, Nature & Wildlife


Ingleborough, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

Not specified, apply soon.

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