57 Transects were walked in 2017 in the West Midland area, almost 87,000 butterflies were recorded. There were 1144 visits made to sites to obtain these results which means over 2000 volunteer hours. 31 Transects have been walked consistently for 5 years which means that these data can be used to estimate population trends. After the 2016 disaster year for butterflies 2017 showed a great recovery. The overall count 46% higher that last year.
Overall the commonest butterflies were Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper and Speckled Wood. These 4 species constituted over 50% of all butterflies recorded. The scarcer butterflies constitute under 1.5% of the total records. Overall 42 species were recorded.