10km Square Champions
The Upper Thames Branch has developed a Species Champion
Programme which aims to increase our knowledge and conservation efforts for those
species of butterfly and moth which are most threatened in our three counties.
Each Species Champion specialises in one of our key species of butterfly or moth
and aims to study its behaviour, abundance, range and habitat requirements. Results
of these studies will help us to determine the most effective conservation activities
for each of the key species.
Adonis Blue: Maureen Cross
Black Hairstreak: Stuart Hodges
Brown Hairstreak: Dave Wilton
Chalkhill Blue: Nick Bowles
Dark Green Fritillary: Ched George
Dingy Skipper: Dave Wilton
Duke of Burgundy: Ched George
Grayling: Des Sussex
Green Hairstreak: Martin Kincaid (wef Autumn 2014)
Grizzled Skipper: David Hastings
Heart Moth: David White
Marsh Fritillary: Jim Asher
Purple Emperor: Dennis Dell
Silver-spotted Skipper: Richard Soulsby
Silver-studded Blue: Grahame Hawker
Silver-washed Fritillary: Mick Campbell
Small Blue: Karen Saxl (wef Autumn 2014)
Striped Lychnis: Peter Hall
White Admiral: Julia Huggins
White-letter Hairstreak: Nigel Parsons
Wood White: Becky Woodell
Our Species Champions are listed below, along with links to their reports where these
have already been produced.
If you would like to take on one of the vacant positions, please contact Species Champion Co-ordinator
for more information.
Calling all UTB Supporters - become a 10km Square Champion!
Every 5 years, Butterfly Conservation produces a national butterfly atlas and Upper Thames
members have the responsibility for gathering the data in our 3 counties.
In order to achieve reasonable coverage across the whole region, not just the honey-pot sites,
we have a team of 10K Champions. It is their job to make sure that each tetrad (ie a 2x2 km²
square of the Ordnance Survey's national grid) of the 10K square is visited at least once in each
season over the 5-year atlas period. You don't have to do it all yourself - some of our
10K squares are shared by more than 1 person.
Figure 1 below is a map of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, divided into labelled
10K squares. For the squares with large bold text and a blue background, eg SP44, we are
looking for 1 or more volunteers to take over as 10K Champions. For the squares with a
cream background and a question mark below the square name, eg SP62, we already have someone
in place, but they would welcome more help. The pink squares with an italic font and a 'C'
below the name, eg SU76, already have a 10K Champion in place.
For a few of the 10K squares, I have been unable to make contact with the person who, according
to the records, used to be the 10K Champion, so I have relabelled them as vacant. If one of
these is your square and you are happy to carry on, please let me know and I will update the
If you think you might be able to help in any way, please
Figure 1: The 10K squares of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, showing
where new 10K Champions are needed (as at 17/02/14)
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