Urban Butterfly Project

Small Tortoiseshell

Welcome to the Urban Butterfly Project! Urban areas can be real havens for butterflies, with parks, gardens, allotments and nature reserves providing some of the best spaces for them.

There are now opportunities to get involved in creating butterfly-friendly habitat in urban areas.

Workshops and events include collecting, sowing and growing wildflower seeds, planting wildflower plug plants and scrub removal.

Current volunteer opportunity: the project is working with Glasgow City Council and TCV at the new wildflower nursery at Pollok Country Park in Glasgow. This autumn we will be sowing wildflower seeds and growing them in the nursery over the winter. They will eventually be planted out around Glasgow to help our butterflies. Can you help at the nursery? We need volunteers to help with potting on small plants as they grow. No experience necessary, and all training will be provided!

For more information, contact Project Officer Anthony McCluskey at amccluskey@butterfly-conservation.org.

The Urban Butterfly Project wants you to get involved in helping us find out which species of butterfly are most at home in the towns and cities of central Scotland.

Having this information is vital for our work. It allows us to see how butterfly populations are faring, and will influence the conservation work we do in Scotland. We will be working with councils and the people who manage some of these greenspaces to make them better places for butterflies. So you can see, your records will be very important!

It is simple to get involved. At the bottom of this page you will find instructions for using the iRecord website and free iRecord butterflies app for sending us your records. You’ll also find a handy ID guide to the butterflies of central Scotland’s urban areas. If you would like to survey your allotment or community growing space for butterflies, please contact Urban Butterfly Project Officer Anthony McCluskey at amccluskey@butterfly-conservation.org

Orange-tip butterfly

Take a look at our events to see if there is one taking place near you. Everybody is welcome!

This project is kindly supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish Natural Heritage and Butterfly Conservation members.