Most members of Dorset Branch will know the name of Bill Shreeves, even if they have not met him. Bill is our Records Officer, and as such has the daunting task of ensuring the butterfly records we receive from various sources are accurate as well as analysing them to see what they tells us about how Dorset’s butterflies are faring. When we see that in 2016 this involved 246,424 butterfly records, you can see he is a busy man!
In November 2016, the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme celebrated its fortieth birthday, and at a symposium held by CEH (the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology), Bill was awarded for his long-running part in collating Dorset’s butterfly data.
As part of Butterfly Conservation’s coordination of the [UKBMS] scheme and the thousands of volunteers that collect the data, regional coordinators were assigned in the 1990s. Regional coordinators are still volunteers but they take on a huge part of the data traffic, helping to coordinate, set-up, and prioritise transects in their region, as well as to validate and collate all the data collected before it is sent on to BC and CEH. Their work is crucial and original county recorders were all given awards for their years of hard work and dedication: Andy & Linda Barker (Hampshire & Isle of Wight), Bill Shreeves (Dorset), Ken Orpe (East Midlands), Laura Sivell (Lancashire), Mike Wilkins (Upper Thames), Andrew Graham (Gwynedd & Anglesey), Marjorie Brunt (Somerset & Bristol), Rob Parker (Suffolk), and Bill Dowty (Surrey).
More information about the day can be found here.
We should like to add our own thanks to Bill, who has done a lot to make the Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation the well-regarded organisation that it is.
If you would like to hear Bill’s interpretation of the 2016 butterfly data, come to one of our four ‘Butterfly Trends’ talks in February/March 2017 – full details on our Events page.
The UKBMS has its own website: www.ukbms.org