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  • Species Champions * Latest update 20 November 2016 *
  • 10km Square Champions
  • Species 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.

    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 Nick Bowles for more information.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Striped Lychnis: VACANT
  • White Admiral: Julia Huggins
  • White-letter Hairstreak: Peter Cuss
  • Wood White: VACANT

  • 10km Square Champions

    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.

    The next atlas will cover the years 2015 - 2019. 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 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 SU66, already have a 10K Champion in place.

    If you think you might be able to help in any way, please email me.

    Jan Haseler
    February 2015

    Figure 1: The 10K squares of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, showing
    where new 10K Champions are needed (as at 10/08/16)

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