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NParks Butterfly Watch

Do you enjoy butterfly watching? Would you like to learn about our butterflies and contribute to a citizen science study on these flying jewels? Join us for the Butterfly Watch, as part of the NParks Community in Nature Biodiversity Watch series, to help us to learn more about our butterflies.

We welcome anyone aged 12 and above to sign up and volunteer with us!

 

The Butterfly Watch will take place between 12 to 20 September 2020.

Registration is now closed. Stayed tuned to the next round of Butterfly Watch, happening in May 2021.

 

Learn more about our common butterflies through our interactive e-learning module, accessible via Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox browser. 

   

What is the Butterfly Watch all about?

The Butterfly Watch is a citizen science initiative, organised by NParks in collaboration with ButterflyCircle, to get Singaporeans involved in collecting valuable information about the butterflies in our parks and gardens.

With the data collected from many survey transects from the various parks around Singapore, we can start piecing together information about where our butterflies are found and in what numbers! This information will contribute towards better park management and conservation measures.

 

How can I participate?

Anyone aged 12 and above can sign up and volunteer with us.

Training workshop for new volunteers has been segmented into a 2h online zoom session and 1h practical at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The practical session will be held in small groups of 5 pax + 1 guide.

You will be assigned a survey site closer to the date of the survey.

Community and school groups of more than 20 people interested in surveying multiple sites may contact us at CIN@NParks.gov.sg to schedule a private online training session and small-group practical sessions.

 

What happens after I have signed up?

  1. We will email you the details about the training (for beginner or intermediate butterfly-watchers), or to confirm your sign up (for advanced butterfly-watchers).
  2. Attend the training on your chosen date. Training comprises a two-hour-long online training session covering basic survey and butterfly-watching techniques, and a one-hour-long hands-on practical at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. You will also learn how to identify 20 common butterflies in Singapore
  3. One week before the Butterfly Watch, we will send you information about your designated site and transect locations for your survey.
  4. Head down to your site on any morning (from 9.30am to 3.00pm) between 12 and 20 September and conduct the Pollard walks at your designated transects.
  5. Send the results of your survey to us either using an online survey form or through email!

 

If you have any questions, please email us at CIN@NParks.gov.sg with “BW2020” in the email subject.

  

Results from Butterfly Watch 2019

 

Results from Past Butterfly Watch surveys

Butterfly Watch 2018

Butterfly Watch 2017 (Sep) 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1.       I don’t have any butterfly-watching experience. Can I still participate?

Yes! We will provide training at our training sessions (see 5. for more details), which will cover basic survey and butterfly-watching techniques, well as the identification of 23 common butterflies in Singapore. This will enable you to carry out the basic Pollard walks in our parks. With practice, you will be able to identify more species and become a true-blue butterfly-watcher!

 

2.       Do I need any special equipment?

The survey was designed to accommodate surveyors without any binoculars. All you need is a datasheet and a pen, or a smart-phone with the SGBioAtlas app.

 

3.       Is it compulsory for me to attend the training workshops?

You will be required to attend the training to familiarise yourself with the common species if you have limited experience with butterfly-watching. The training sessions will also teach you how to do the Pollard walks properly and instructions for the butterfly watch itself. Experienced butterfly-watchers are also welcome to join us at the session.

 

4.       What are the common species that you will be covering in the training? Would I still need to attend the training if I can identify them?

The 23 common species are:

ID

Common Name

Scientific Name

Papilionidae

01

Common Mime

Chilasa clytia clytia

02

Lime Butterfly

Papilio demoleus malayanus

03

Common Mormon

Papilio polytes romulus

04

Common Birdwing

Troides helena cerberus

05

Common Rose

Pachliopta aristolochiae asteris

Pieridae

06

Emigrants

Catopsilia spp.

07

Grass Yellows

Eurema spp.

08

Striped Albatross

Appias libythea olferna

09

Painted Jezebel

Delias hyparete metarete

10

Psyche

Leptosia nina malayana

Nymphalidae

11

Plain Tiger

Danaus chrysippus chrysippus

12

Common Tiger

Danaus genutia genutia

13

Black Veined Tiger

Danaus melanippus hegesippus

14

Blue Glassy Tiger

Ideopsis vulgaris macrina

15

Dark Glassy Tiger

Parantica agleoides agleoides

16

Common Palmfly

Elymnias hypermnestra agina

17

Bush Browns

Mycalesis spp.

18

Peacock Pansy

Junonia almana javana

19

Chocolate Pansy

Junonia hedonia ida

20

Blue Pansy

Junonia orithya wallacei

21

Tawny Coster

Acraea terpsicore

22

Leopard

Phalanta phalantha phalantha

Lycaenidae

23

Grass Blues

Lycaeninae (Grass Blues)

  

Even if you can identify these species easily, you should join us if you are unfamiliar with the Pollard walk technique. Expert butterfly-watchers who are familiar with the techniques and are confident of conducting the counts independently with minimal instructions can opt out of the training.

 

5.       When and where are training sessions?

The online training sessions will be held on 22 August 2020, Saturday. The timings are:

  • 9.30am - 11.30am
  • 3pm - 5pm

The hands-on practical sessions will be a short field session in the Singapore Botanic Gardens to try out the techniques taught in the class. You will be assigned a one-hour slot between 9am and 12.30pm on the following dates:

  • 23 August 2020, Sunday
  • 29 August 2020, Saturday
  • 30 August 2020, Sunday

You may indicate your preference for the online and practical training sessions in the registration form. An email will be sent to you to confirm your registered sessions beforehand.

 

6.       Will this Butterfly Watch be very time consuming?

The training will take approximately three hours and the Butterfly Watch itself will only take one morning (from 9.00 am to 12 noon) between 12 to 20 September 2020. If you volunteer to do counts at more than one site, you may be required to spend more than one morning within the stipulated week.

 

7.       How will the data I collect help in NParks' park management and conservation efforts?

The data on the butterfly species and their distribution collected during the butterfly watch will help establish a baseline from which we can monitor the patterns in butterfly populations in Singapore. With the counts held annually, we can track changes over time and develop management strategies to sustain or even enhance these populations.

 

8.       Can my school/company/community group participate in this event together?

Yes! If you have more than 20 participants in your group, we can explore the possibility of holding a private training session at a location convenient for you. Please contact us at CIN@nparks.gov.sg for more information.

Last updated on 20 August 2020

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