Get Involved

Survey and monitoring training

There are many ways in which you can get involved in our work. 

Surveys 

Butterflies

We are continuing our surveys for the Chequered Skipper this year. To see previous results and find out more about this year, visit the Chequered Skipper survey page.

We are also putting survey effort into under-recorded parts of Scotland as this is the fifth year of our current 'Butterflies for the New MIllenium' recording period. Please contact your local Branch to find out how you can help.

Moths

This year we are again promoting surveys for Dark Bordered Beauty, Kentish Glory and Small Dark Yellow Underwing 

http://butterfly-conservation.org/3772/scottish-kentish-glory-survey.html

http://butterfly-conservation.org/3774/scottish-small-dark-yellow-underwing-survey.html

If you can help with survey or monitoring these species and/or their habitats, please get in touch. For more information, see the links below, and also check out our 'Cairngorms Moth Extravangaza' (details under 'Events').

Monitoring

Our priorities for monitoring this year are Chequered Skipper, Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Marsh Fritillary. Please contact us if you would like to help.

Practical habitat management work

Work on cliff edgesThe number of sites where we are involved carrying out practical work is increasing:

Wester Moss, Stirling - our workparties involve pulling up young pine and building dams on our peatland nature reserve.

We will soon be working on more peatland sites in the Central Belt through our new Bog Squad project www.butterfly-conservation.org/bogsquad .  

 We are also involved in a long-term project to tackle invasive, non-native cotoneaster from a Slender Scotch Burnet site on Mull.

Work on our two reserves at Mabie Forest and Loch Arkaig is mostly carried out by Forest Enterprise.

Please get in touch to find out details of our next volunteer workparty, or check our Events page.

Helping at shows

Please contact your regional Branch to see if you can help at any other shows or similar events.

Giving talks and helping at events

Moth trapping in cairngormsPlease contact your regional Branch to see if you can help at any events (e.g. moth trapping)or similar events.

Please get in touch with the Stirling office or your Branch if you can offer to do talks on behalf of Butterfly Conservation Scotland.

Volunteer Handbook

If you are new to our work then our volunteer handbook is here to help you get started. Or maybe you need to know where to get a butterfly net or who to send your records to? Its all in our recently-updated Volunteer Handbook!

We would be keen to hear if you find it useful, or what else it should contain. Please send your comments to our Stirling Office.