Favonius quercus
Favonius quercus


This is the home page of the European Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (eBMS).  As a joint initiative of Butterfly Conservation Europe and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, this website is a home for promoting butterfly monitoring schemes across Europe and consists of the following activities:


- A collation of national Butterfly Monitoring Scheme datasets within Europe - the eBMS partnership

- A data system for establishing butterfly monitoring sites in regions currently lacking a national scheme. 

  Click here to access.

- The home for the Assessing ButterfLies in Europe (ABLE) project

- A place to promote other projects that are affiliated to butterfly monitoring schemes




Euphydryas aurinia
Euphydryas aurinia


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                    Help us to protect butterflies increasing the knowledge monitoring them. There are already thousands of                                    volunteers throughout Europe helping in butterfly conservation.

                    If you would like to join to eBMS and collaborate in the Butterfly Monitoring Scheme you just need to                                          register. Follow this link to the My Data section and you will find a Quick Guide for setting up butterfly                                          monitoring.






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- Technical Report EU Butterfly Grassland Species 1990 - 2017

We are pleased to inform you that we have updated the EU Butterfly Indicator for Grassland species, 1990-2017.  We produced a technical report to describe the indicator, it represents a major update on previous versions, through the incorporation of more and expanded datasets, together with new analysis techniques. It is the first major output of the Assessing ButterfLies in Europe (ABLE) project. This would not have been possible without the effort of all the collaborators, national schemes and volunteers that provide the data. Our appreciation to all of them  

The EU Butterfly Grassland Species 1990-2017 indicator is part of the monitoring report on progress towards the SDGs in an EU context — 2019 edition, which can be accessed here.  The grassland butterfly indicator contributes to Goal 15: Life on Land.