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Enter the wonderful world of butterflies & moths & find out how you can help them. We will first unveil last night’s live moth trap catch to see some spring-flying species found in the area, then drive (car sharing encouraged) to the nearby Cambus O’May bridge car park for a short walk (approx. 2 miles/3km) to find Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies, a speciality of the Cairngorms.
'Raiders of the Park', a bat and moth evening at Wilton Park Lodge, Hawick. A Borders Nature Festival event
A walk through the fine woodland at Paxton House to discover some of our spring-flying butterflies, followed by fun activities for youngsters.
A leisurely and easy walk in the lovely, unspoiled valley of the Glenkinnon Burn.
Discover fritillary butterflies at Carroglen Burn and see last night's moth catch as well!
Find out about the butterflies and moths in this interesting mixed habitat, including the recently arrived Small Skipper.
Enter the mysterious world of night creatures! This will include setting up sugar and light traps to attract moths – which we will release unharmed after identification - and using detectors to pick up ultrasound of hunting bats.
Discover the amazing variety of moths caught in the live traps set up overnight in the woods on the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve, followed by a search for day-flying moths and butterflies as time allows.
Search for the caterpillars of the rare Small Chocolate-tip moth, recently rediscovered in the Borders.
Discover the nocturnal inhabitants of the Battlehill, including finding out how to use smelly mixtures and bright lights to attract moths plus bat detectors to locate and identify bats. A local astronomer will also be on hand with a telescope to view the wonders of the night sky (or demonstrate what would otherwise be visible if it is cloudy)!
Discover where the Scotch Argus lives - it could be our national butterfly!
Get up close and personal with bats and moths. Come and dispel all your fears of these intriguing animals.