eBMS app

Record your butterfly observations with  eBMS App!presentation ButterflyCount

This ButterflyCount App enables you to contribute to butterfly conservation by providing important information on where different species occur and their abundance in different places across Europe. Contribute with your counts of butterfly species alongside accurate location information, added via a dynamic map or via GPS-acquired route information. You can add photos to support your observations, comments, and many other functions provided by the app.

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.



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Watch explicative videos on how to use this app on the BCE Youtube Channel, different methods, tips and more. Enjoy ButterflyCount app!



What options does the application give?

      - Make visits to your eBMS transects directly with the app. You just need to log in to the app with your eBMS account

      - 15-minute Counts: a method for counting butterflies for 15 minutes wherever and whenever you want. 

      - 15-minute Single Species Count: the same methodology applied to register one species; useful for threatened or protected species

      - Small Picture guide with photos of species per country

       - Possibility of registering butterflies, moths, bumblebees and dragonflies from Europe in the species list (need to be selected in the settings)


Every registered individual through the ButterflyCount app will be stored its coordinates, providing more detail information.



Guide to the ButterflyCount App

This is a guide for using the eBMS mobile application for doing 15-minute counts of butterflies and many other methods of monitoring. The app can be used at any time in any location. The app works offline, although upload of sightings requires a data connection (i.e. wifi of 3/4/5G coverage).  Please follow these steps to get full use of the app.


Step 1.  Install the app

Or search for ‘ButterflyCount’ via the App store.




Step 2. Set your language and country

Choose your language and country. This will give you the app in your preferred language. If you want to do butterfly counts in other countries and see the characteristic species on the guide, you should change the country to see different butterfly species on the Picture Guide. You can change it whenever you want

going to the Menu, then in Settings “App” and change the “Country”.

If you are missing a language and you would like to contribute to its translation, please contact ebms@ceh.ac.uk for details on how to get involved. After you’ve then clicked through the welcome screens, you are ready to get started. 


Step 3.  Register a user account, or log in to the eBMS system 

This step is important to keep track of your own records by submitting them to our database that keeps your data secure and available for you to access at any time.

If you already have an account (e.g. for transect recording), you can log in using the same details on the "Menu" section.

If you need to register, follow the instructions on the app on the "Menu" page.

               - Fill out your email, name, and password

               - Read and agree with the Terms and Conditions

You will need a data connection (3/4/5G or Wifi) for the registration step, but when successful you will see this screen.


**Important.  You can use the app straight away but it is important to fully activate your account by clicking on the link that will be sent to the email used for registration. This step is needed to confirm a valid email and to prevent spam accounts from being set up.