Danish Butterfly Atlas
The Danish Butterfly Atlas is a national online atlas aimed at mapping the distribution of butterfly species in Denmark. One function of the atlas is to distribute existing data based on the Statens Naturhistoriske Museum’s collections, but the public is also encouraged to collect specimens of non-endangered insect species (not just butterflies) for the museum’s collections. Using an app for mobile devices (the NaturbasenApp), members of the public can upload precisely georeferenced observations of butterflies and other Danish insect species, which are then displayed on an interactive map.
Uploads made to the www.fugleonatur.dk website are also linked to the atlas. Some species are identified by the public in an online forum. The museum focused on butterflies because they are an excellent general indicator of the state of nature. The project enables the development of the collection and its importance to society to be emphasised through engagement with the public.
The project was launched in 2014 and is promoted by the Statens Naturhistoriske Museum (the Natural History Museum of Denmark) in collaboration with a privately owned website and with the general public,