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The results from the 2020 Big Butterfly Count, held between the 17th July – 9th August, have now been released and they worringly show that 2020 had the lowest average number of butterflies ever recorded since the survey began 11 years ago. More details can be find on Butterfly Conservations website here

It will be interesting to see the results from the 2020 UKBMS survey, which usually runs weekly during a 26-week period between 1st April and 29th September each year. Unfortunately due to Covid 19 the survey was suspended intially and didn't start until 14th May (in England). Anyone who took part in teh UKBMS this year should ahve recieved an email encouraging them to submit their data before the end of October.

The UKBMS Annual Report for the 2019 season is now available online. It can be downloaded from the UKBMS website here

The 2020 Butterfly and Moth report has been delayed this year. However as the moth section is complete it has been decided to publicise it seperately. Click on the link below to download and view the report:

2020 Moth Report

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The photograph (above) shows Bombus pasquorum, also taken on Headingley Hill.

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Gill Perkins, the Conservation Manager for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust has appealed to the YNU for help in monitoring bees.

'BeeWalk is a national recording scheme to monitor the abundance of bumblebees on transects across the country.  These transects would be impossible without volunteers, who identify and count the bumblebees they see on an hour’s walk each month from March to October. 

The information collected by BeeWalk volunteers is integral to monitoring how bumblebee populations change through time, and will allow us to detect early warning signs of population declines. All data collected will contribute to important long-term monitoring of bumblebee population changes in response to changes in land-use and climate change, and, ultimately, to informing how we manage the countryside.'

If you are interested in helping out then further details are available by downloading the 2 information leaflets. 'Become a Bee Walker' and 'The Bee Walk' Leaflet'

Andrew Grayson has updated the Yorkshire Diptera list. The Excel file can be downloaded here.