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UK Biodiversity Indicators 2023. Indicator C6: Insects of the wider countryside (butterflies) 2023


Updated 14 November 2023.

These documents support state indicator C6 – Insects of the wider countryside (butterflies). The documents include a datasheet and technical background document.

This indicator consists of two measures of annual butterfly population abundance: the first for habitat specialist butterflies (species strongly associated with semi-natural habitats such as chalk downland) and the second for more widespread butterflies found in both semi-natural habitats and the wider countryside. Butterflies are complementary to birds and bats as an indicator, especially the habitat specialists, because they use resources in the landscape at a much finer spatial scale than either birds or bats.

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More information on UK Biodiversity Indicator C6 is available on the UKBI C6 webpage.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2023·11·14

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK. 2023. UK Biodiversity Indicators 2023.

The UK Biodiversity Indicators were created to provide a measure for reporting on the UK’s progress towards meeting international biodiversity goals and targets and were first published in 2007.

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Metadata date 2023·11·14

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