Events

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

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The next AGM and Members' Day will be held on Saturday 11 November 2017 at The Jurys Inn Hotel, Gloucester Road, Cheltenham, GL51 0TS. Information on our AGMs as well as details of our annual reports and reviews can be found here.

East Scotland: Moth Night at St. Cyrus

Saturday 1st July 2017, 8.00pm-10.00pm
St. Cyrus (Aberdeenshire), Near Montrose (Angus)

St. Cyrus National Nature Reserve is home to a huge variety of butterflies and moths, but many people miss the moths that fly at night. Join local experts to discover the amazing diversity of moths and listen out for night hunters including owls and bats with a bat detector!

Highlands And Islands: Tomintoul Moths

Sunday 2nd July 2017, 10.00am-1.00pm
Tomintoul

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.

Highlands And Islands: River Averon Butterfly Walk

Sunday 9th July 2017, 10.30am-2.30pm
Ballavoulen, north-west of Alness

This walk, approx. 4 miles in total, mostly on a reasonably flat track, will take us to Loch Morie. On a good day we would hope to see several species of butterfly, a number of different dragonflies and of course some day flying moths.

East Scotland: Lugate Water, Borders

Sunday 9th July 2017, 10.30am-3.30pm
Lugate Water, Borders

A walk up the beautiful Lugate Water to see Northern Brown Argus and Dark Green Fritillary.

Scotland: Wester Moss Work Party

Sunday 16th July 2017, 10.00am-3.30pm
Fallin, Stirling

Join us and help to restore this great little bog in Fallin, just outside Stirling. We will be ditch blocking, managing scrub, and removing small tree seedlings. The work is supported by IFLI and EcocoLife.

East Scotland: Shielknowes Field Trip

Sunday 16th July 2017, 10.30am-3.30pm
Shielknowes, Near. Slamannan, West Lothian

This trip to a raised bog will hopefully get us a sighting of Large Heath. An added bonus could be seeing Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries as well, as they often colonise these sites.

East Scotland: Moths In The Morning

Thursday 20th July 2017, 10.00am-12.30pm
Burn O’ Vat Visitor Centre, Near Dinnet, Aberdeenshire

Discover the amazing diversity of moths and their roles in nature. We will unveil last night’s live moth trap catch, followed by a search for day-flying moths and butterflies...

Search For The Bog Sun-jumper Spider!

Friday 21st July 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
Wester Moss Nature Reserve, Fallin, Stirling

We will be at our Wester Moss reserve at Fallin, to carry out a survey for the rare Bog Sun-jumper spider (Heliophanus dampfi), and are calling on local 'citizen scientists' to join in the hunt.

East Scotland: Aberlady Bay Field Trip

Saturday 22nd July 2017, 10.30am-3.30pm
Aberlady Bay local nature reserve, East Lothian

Join the East Scotland Branch on a joint field trip with the Edinburgh Natural History Society. There are a few species of butterfly that are good to see at Aberlady Bay Local Nature Reserve (LNR); we will be looking out for Small Skipper, although we may also see Dark Green Fritillary if we are lucky...

Highlands And Islands: Culbin Bar Kidney Vetch Survey

Sunday 23rd July 2017, 9am-5pm
Culbin Sands, Cloddymoss, between Nairn and Findhorn

Join the Highlands and Isalnds Branch on this survey organised with RSPB of Kidney vetch, the food plant of the Small Blue butterfly, at Culbin Sands on the remote Nairn Bar. This RSPB reserve supports a small local population of Small Blue and Kidney Vetch is the sole food plant of the caterpillars that live in the flower heads...

East Scotland: Moths And Bats At Craigievar

Friday 28th July 2017: 8.30pm - late
Craigievar Castle, Near Alford, Aberdeenshire

Join us to learn more about the fascinating world of moths and help set up light and sugar traps (that don’t harm moths) to attract these night-flying creatures.

Highlands And Islands: Arisaig Butterflies And Moths

Sunday 30th July 2017, 10.30am-4.00pm
Arisaig, Land, Sea & Islands Centre

Join the Highlands and Islands Branch at the Sea and Islands Centre ( Arisaig), where we will gather for tea, coffee and home-bakes before checking the contents of moth traps set locally the night before. This will be followed by a field visit to a suitable location nearby (possibly Morar beach) to look for...

Glasgow And SW Scotland: Golden Skippers Butterfly Walk

Sunday 30th July 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Birkshaw Forest Nr Lockerbie, Irongate Road DG11 1

The Glasgow and South West Scotland Branch invite all to this butterfly walk in the Birkshaw Forest, where we hope to see Essex Skipper and possibly Small & Large Skipper butterflies, and why not do a Big Butterfly Count too?

East Scotland: Moths And More At Paxton House

Sunday 30th July 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Paxton House, Berwickshire, Borders

Join the East Scotland Branch at this family event, where there will be the opportunity to see moths up close, plus fun activities for youngsters...

Highlands And Islands: A Morning Of Moths - Intro To Moths & Moth Trapping Course

Wednesday 2nd August 2017, 9.30am-2.30pm
RSPB Insh Marshes, near Kingussie

This is a beginners’ introduction to moths course at RSPB Insh Marshes (near Kingussie), covering identification of moths along with techniques and equipment involved in surveying and monitoring moths. We will look through moth traps run the night before. Please note: there is a charge for this event: Adults £12.50 RSPB Members £10

East Scotland: Night Hunters And Their Prey

Friday 4th August 2017: 8.00pm - late
Crathie, Near Balmoral, Aberdeenshire

Get up close and personal with bats and moths! Come and dispel all your fears of these intriguing animals...

Highlands And Islands: Moth Mania At The Marshes

Saturday 5th August 2017, 10.00am-2.00pm
RSPB Insh Marshes, near Kingussie

Join the Highlands and Islands Branch for a look through moth traps at RSPB Insh Marshes, near Kingussie as part of the reserve’s annual monitoring of Dark Bordered Beauty moth, found at only three locations in Scotland. Apart from DBB, lots of other moths will be seen.

East Scotland: Eildon Hills Walk

Saturday 5th August 2017, 10.30am-4pm
Eildon Hills, south of Melrose, Borders

Join the East Scotland Branch on this outing arranged by the local Scottish Wildlife Trust group for a chance to explore the Eildon Hills, their wildlife (especially butterflies and moths), geology and archaeology...

East Scotland: Moths At Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre

Friday 18th August 2017, 8.15pm-10.15pm
Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, Ancrum, Jedburgh

Join the East Scotland Branch at Harestanes and discover moths on a summer's evening; late summer is a great time to see beautiful moths of all kinds...

East Scotland: Course - Highland Butterflies and Moths

Friday 18th to Wednesday 23rd August 2017
Kindrogan Field Centre, Perthshire

This Field Studies Council course in Perthshire will consist of illustrated talks with colour slides to show the special species found in the Scottish Highlands, their unique habitats and ecology. There will be daytime field visits to...

Glasgow And SW Scotland: Scotch Argus Butterfly Walk

Saturday 19th August 2017, 10.30am-4.00pm
Castle Douglas, Mossdale

Join the Dumfries & Galloway sub-group of the Glasgow and South West Scotland Branch on a walk where we hope to see Scotch Argus butterflies & much else.

East Scotland: A Wild Night Out At Peterculter

Saturday 19th August 2017, 8.00pm-12.00midnight
Peterculter, Aberdeen

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.

Highlands And Islands: Seed Collecting Workshop

Saturday 26th August 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Talla nan Ros, King Street, Kingussie

This practical workshop will look at how to gather, store and propagate seed. We will meet at Talla nan Ros for an introduction before travelling out in shared cars to RSPB Insh Marshes and Newtonmore for seed collection. Then returning to Talla nan Ros for the rest of the workshop.

Glasgow And SW Scotland: Moth (& Bat) Evening

Friday 1st September 2017, 7.30pm-9.30pm
Glasgow Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 0UE

Come along to see how we trap & record moths and find out why we do it. Clyde Bat Group are also attending, to take you on a bat walk & tell you all about bats.