South Brent Primary School: Butterfly Survey

We have recently worked with South Brent primary school to incorporate a butterfly site survey (with the help of our Butterfly colouring book) into one of their lesson plans.

Here are the results they have provided which show the children have really engaged with their surrounding environment and enjoyed the task at hand!

Lesson Plan Key Points:

  • Look at the lifecycle of a butterfly
  • Look at their habitat
  • Discuss identification method and how to effectively collect data
  • Survey: try 3 different locations
  • Which was the best location?
  • Which was the most common butterfly?
  • Present data in a graph or pictogram

Map of 3 different locations to survey including numbers of butterflies sighted


In terms of habitats, the den proved a very popular place to see butterflies with 12 sightings, followed by the bank (8 sightings) and the ball court (7 sightings).

This is a great picture to highlight the different survey habitat locations, well done!


Butterfly Survey Graph

This colour-coded graph shows Cabbage Whites were clearly top of the sightings with 21 spotted.  Other sightings using our book as a guide included Small Skipper, Marbled White, Holly Blue and the Wall.

After seeing their subjects in the wild, time to go back to class to colour in some butterflies!





Great colouring by one of the pupils of a Meadow Brown highlighting the eyes spots very well!

Final thoughts

This lesson model at South Brent primary proved to be a great success with the children engaging in an outdoor butterfly survey, compiling their findings into graphs, diagrams and colourings and ultimately learning a lot about some of the local ecology.

A big well done to the South Brent Primary school class for all the effort they put in and thank you for sharing your findings!


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