Events

You can brush up your identification skills, help on a conservation task, see a rare species or just enjoy a beautiful site.

To find an event near you just select your branch area (see In Your Area to find the closest branch to you) and then click the Filter button. You can also refine your selection using the Categories on the left-hand panel.

Moth Trapping At Kiltarlity

Saturday 7th May 2016, 10.00am-1.00pm
Highland Liliums Garden Centre, Kiltarlity

To view moths caught in traps placed in surrounding area the previous night.

Glen Orrin Field Trip

Sunday 22nd May 2016, 10.30am-2.30pm
Glen Orrin Near Muir Of Ord

We have been counting the Pearl-bordered Fritillaries here every year since they were first found in 2009. Following a second season of scrub clearing by local branch volunteers, we would like you to join us and hopefully see the fruits of your labours!

Recording & Monitoring Lochaber's Butterflies

Tuesday 24th May 2016, 10.00am-3.00pm
Fort William - Voluntary Action Lochaber Offices at An Drochaid, Claggan Road

The event will focus on different techniques for recording and monitoring butterflies including timed counts and transects. It will also include an introduction to the butterflies of Lochaber covering all 22 species recorded in the area but paying particular attention on the scarce Chequered Skipper and Pearl-bordered Fritillary. This will be followed by an afternoon field trip.

Moth Monitoring At Fort WIlliam

Wednesday 25th May 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Fort William - Voluntary Action Lochaber Offices at An Drochaid, Claggan Road

Come and find out more about the fascinating and wonderful world of moths. We will be checking the contents of moth traps set locally the night before. All moths caught will be released unharmed.

Polmaily Butterfly Walk - Near Drumnadrochit

Saturday 28th May 2016, 10.30am-2.30pm
Polmaily - 2 miles west of Drumnadrochit

MAY BE SUNDAY THE 29TH MAY. A visit to see the rewards of previous habitat management undertaken by members of Highland branch.

Dunnet - Moth Night And/or Morning

Friday 10th June 2016, 7.30pm-9.00pm
Dunnet - Seadrift Visitor Centre

Come and find out more about the fascinating and wonderful world of moths. On the Friday evening there will be an introduction to moths and how to attract them using moth traps and other attractants. Those wanting a late night can then help set up traps at nearby sites and see moths coming in as darkness falls. On the Saturday morning the moth traps will be checked at Seadrift. All moths caught will be released unharmed.

Small Blue Butterfly Workshop

Saturday 11th June 2016, 11.30am-4.00pm
Dunnet - Seadrift Visitor Centre

In the morning the event will provide an introduction to the Small Blue, Britain’s smallest butterfly. In the afternoon we will visit some of the nearby colonies to look for the butterfly and see its haunts.

Glenfeshie Field Trip

Sunday 12th June 2016, 10.30am-2.30pm
Glenfeshie

Looking for the colonies of Small Blue and Dingy Skipper butterflies.

Ardersier Work Party

Saturday 25th June 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Ardersier

Help the scarce Small Blue butterfly at Ardersier Bay by planting its food plant, kidney vetch, along the shore path. All equipment provided.

Fort Augustus Moths

Sunday 26th June 2016, 10.00am-1.00pm
Fort Augustus

This is a privately owned woodland that has never been moth-trapped before. The owners have kindly allowed us access to survey for moths. Traps will be run during the previous night and who knows what we might discover?!

Kentish Glory Moth Larval Search

Saturday 23rd July 2016, 10.30am-2.00pm
Culbin Forest Near Forres

The Kentish Glory moth is found only in the central and eastern Scottish Highlands. It used to be found in southern Britain, hence the name, but hasn’t been seen there since about 1970. Apart from its rarity value, the adult moth is sought after because of its beautiful markings and relatively large size. But this field trip aims to find the also impressive larvae. For those who were lucky enough to see adults on an earlier field trip, this will add another stage to the life cycle! If the weather is nice then it is hoped to see butterflies as well, for example Grayling and Dark Green Fritillary.

Silverdale, Cumbria

Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July 2016
Silverdale

This is a long weekend trip leaving early Friday morning and returning late on the Sunday. Attendees will stay at Challan Hall B&B (see http://challanhall.co.uk ) and visit several sites around the Silverdale area. A similar trip in 2014, which ran earlier in the season to see Duke of Burgundy, was a great success and so it was decided to run it again this year but later in the season to see different species of butterflies and moths.

Moth Trapping At Kiltarlity

Saturday 30th July 2016
Highland Liliums Garden Centre, Kiltarlity

This event will be part of an open day held by Highland Liliums Garden centre. If weather conditions are reasonable, a good variety of moths should be caught.

Tomintoul Moths

Sunday 31st July 2016, 10.00am-2.00pm
Tomintoul Area

There are outcroppings of limestone in the Tomintoul-Glenlivet area which support a lime-loving flora which is very localised in the Highlands. Our moth trapping will target such an area near Tomintoul since it is possible that there are moth species present whose foodplants are part of the lime-loving plant community.

Moth Mania At The Marshes

Saturday 6th August 2016, 10.00am-2.00pm
Insh Marshes NNR near Kingussie

A look through moth traps as part of the reserve’s annual monitoring of Dark Bordered Beauty moth, found at only three locations in Scotland. Last year, the moths were so late to emerge that none were seen at this event in late July but there were plenty of other moths to enjoy. This year, the event is a bit later in the season so hopefully we will see our target species.

River Spey From Cromdale

Saturday 13th August 2016, 10.30am-2.30pm
Spey near Cromdale

We’ll walk upstream beside the Spey on a Fisherman’s track past farm fields to an open area beside woodland. Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Common Blue and Speckled Wood amongst others.

Speyside Centre Moths

Sunday 21st August 2016, 10.00am-1.00pm
Speyside Centre near Dulnain Bridge

The Speyside Centre provides a sheltered car park surrounded by woodland. Moth traps will be run here the previous night and we will see what we catch. Hopefully, moths may be attracted by the range of flowers in the garden centre.

Polmaily Work Party near Drumnadrochit

Saturday 17th September 2016, 10.30am-4.00pm
Polmaily - 2 Miles West Of Drumnadrochit

Another session of clearing and cutting back trackside vegetation and scrub to improve the habitat for Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Dingy Skipper. The work includes “weeding” sections previously cleared, as well as tackling un-cleared areas.

Small Blue

Scotland: Members' Day

Saturday 8th October 2016, 10.00am-5.00pm
Battleby Conference Centre, Redgorton, Perth

Our annual Members' Day is an informal chance to meet like-minded butterfly and moth enthusiasts and chat and hear about the wonderful highlights of the season.