In this survey you will be recording the small tortoiseshell butterflies and other butterfly species in your Naturespace. Please complete this survey when small tortoiseshell butterflies are most active, between March and October. This survey will take about ten minutes in total and will give you an idea of how the butterflies in your Naturespace are doing. You can take our quiz to test your skills at identifying the small tortoiseshell butterfly.
Butterflies are more active when it is warm and sunny, so we recommend that you complete the survey when the weather is clear and the temperature is above 11°C. This survey follows the same structure as the early bumblebee survey, so you can complete the bee survey at the same time if you want to.
Take lots of photos during the survey, so you can take a closer look or share them with us.
If you recorded small tortoiseshell butterflies, great! If you didn’t see any, it is still useful for us to know this result so we can build a clearer picture of the butterflies in your area. You can repeat this survey as often as you like and in different parts of your Naturespace. If you would like to find out how to do more for butterflies in your Naturespace check out the small tortoiseshell butterfly species page.