Cyprus BMS

Welcome to the Cyprus BMS!


This window is for the information of the Cyprus Butterfly Monitoring Scheme, BMS to monitor Cypriot butterflies.


Be part of the eBMS community counting Butterflies! 


Cyprus Butterfly Study Group

The CBSG is a group of scientists, amateur entomologists, and butterfly/natural history enthusiasts devoted to the study and conservation of the butterflies of Cyprus.

You could share your pictures of butterflies and be in contact with the community



Here you could find a lot of information about butterflies in Cyprus, a description of the species, and more. 





The basic methodology for a BMS is the Transect, a fixed route that is visited frequently to count butterfly species present and their abundances. Thanks to this method of repetitive counts we count to determine the butterfly trends and their current status. Help us in the protection of butterflies doing a transect close to your house or working place like thousand of volunteers in Europe. See more information on how to do a transect on the page Methods or below on this page. 

If you are not able to do a transect or you would like to record butterflies more flexible eBMS has another option. New methodology to count butterflies, the 15-min Counts collected through the ButterflyCount mobile application, where your GPS tracks your route while counting butterflies for 15 minutes. All the data collected on this website will be shared with the Lithuania BMS.


This free resource makes it easy to keep track of what you see while making your data openly available for scientific research, education, and conservation.


To see more information on the ButterflyCount app check the page:



Materials Cyprus BMS


- Field Guide Cyprus

A field guide to identify 48 of the most common butterfly species in Cyprus. This Guide aims to be useful for identifying butterflies in the field in an easy and simple way. Butterflies are divided by families, present symbols to mark specific characteristics with which to identify them and with information about ease to see them. Also, this Guide includes an explanation of the methodologies to monitor butterflies (transects and 15-min Counts).

You can download the pdf guide Field Guide Cyprus directly to your device or print it directly (select booklet option in the printer).


Acknowledgments for the photography permission and allow us the creation of this Field Guide Cyprus: Christodoulos Makris, Christos Zoumides, Hasan Bağlar, Kelebek Gözlemi, Akturk Pilanci, Elli Tzirkalli; Paolo Mazzei, Marco Bonifacino, Raniero Panfili and Daniel Morel (; and Chris van Swaay.


- Transect Manual 

Discover the transect methodology for butterfly monitoring, the methodology used to monitoring butterflies and understand their conservation status. In this manual, you will learn the simple and basic rules to follow when performing a transect.

           eBMS Transect Manual (English)

           Download the Field Sheet (pdf English) for registering your data on the field


- eBMS Guidelines 

Download the complete eBMS guide on this link (in English). It includes information on how to create new transects, edit your transects, add visits and see where to generate the graphs of your data.

Some parts of the guide could change, the website is updating. 





Please, contact the coordinators before starting a transect, they can help you where to do your transect and give advice on butterfly monitoring.

If you would like to participate in monitoring butterflies in Cyprus, contact the coordinators: Elli Tzirkalli - & Özge Özden -







eBMS Information

Here you can download an eBMS leaflet explaining the network, the project ABLE for promoting butterfly monitoring in Europe and some simple steps to do a butterfly transect in your area. You can find this leaflet in:


            - Greek                                                                                                                                       



      - Turkish