Highlands and Islands branch

Highlands and Islands Branch

Species to look out for


Pearl-bordered Fritillary by Peter EelesWelcome to the Highland branch of Butterfly Conservation.

If you live in the region and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the Highland branch. 

All our new events and news stories will be posted here, but for an archive of older news items you may visit the Highland branch website.

Highland Branch covers Highland, Moray, the Western Isles and Orkney and Shetland.

Moths of the Month

Moths of the Month: July

Continuing the monthly series by Roy Leverton illustrating several characteristic moths to look out for in our area.

Moths of the Month: June

Continuing the monthly series by Roy Leverton illustrating several characteristic moths to look out for in our area.

Moths of the Month : May

More beautiful moths emerging now for May! Continuing the monthly series illustrating several characteristic moths to look out for in our area. Text and photos by Roy Leverton.

Moths of the Month: April

Many more moths are emerging now spring has arrived! Continuing the monthly series by Roy Leverton.

Moths of the Month: March

Continuing the monthly series by Roy Leverton, illustrating several characteristic moths to look out for in our area at different times of the year.

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News Articles - for latest sightings click our new button at top right!

Rare Moth Found in Scottish Highlands

One of the UK’s rarest moths – spotted only a handful of times since its discovery in the 19th century - has been seen in Easter Ross 15 times in five weeks.

Rare Butterfly Flutters Into Festival

Wildlife-lovers are invited to spot one of Scotland’s rarest butterflies - the Chequered Skipper - at this year’s Wild Lochaber Festival in the West Highlands.

Rare Moth in Strathcarron

An exciting find in Strathcarron of Ethmia pyrausta, only the 5th British record of this moth!

Flightless Beauties

Many thanks to Highland Branch member Jane Bowman for sending in her wonderful photographs of the females of two of the moth species in which the females are naturally flightless - the Belted Beauty and Rannoch Brindled Beauty ...

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Highlands - Moth Mania at RSPB Insh Marshes

Saturday 26th July 2014, 10:30am until afternoon

Several moth traps will be run during the previous night as part of RSPB’s annual monitoring of the rare Dark Bordered Beauty moth which is only found on three sites in Scotland and one site in England.

Highlands - Glen Orrin

Sunday 27th July 2014, 10am

Fairburn Estate has very kindly given permission for BC to hold this outdoor meet in Glen Orrin. The target species is Scotch Annulet which has been recorded in the glen for the last two years, so moth traps will be put out the night before.

Highlands And Islands - A Walk At Aldie Burn

Sunday 10th August 2014: 10.30am

This is a really lovely wood with a variety of differing habitats, ponds, mixed woodland and large open areas. As such it lends itself to a selection of wildlife, a range of butterflies, moths and dragonflies have been recorded here.

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Reserve in Highlands and Islands

Your Records

Test thumb 1We now have a new sub-menu on our In Your Area page above the Contact Branch box at the top right, below the Species To Look Out For strip. Find out how to submit your general butterfly and moth records for the Highlands and Islands by clicking the 'Your Records' button. The button will take you to our new page with the names and contact details of who to send your general butterfly and moth records to. But please send any interesting or unusual news-worthy butterfly and moth sightings to the following email address:  webmaster@highland-butterflies.org.uk

Downloads Available

AGM Minutes 2014

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The minutes of the Highlands and Islands branch AGM, April 2014 (PDF file)

AGM Minutes 2014

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Highlands and Islands branch AGM minutes 2014 in docx file format

Chequered Skipper - Highland Branch 2014 newsletter

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Our Spring 2014 newsletter is now available to download as a PDF file (3MB). Copies have been mailed to all Branch members. Many thanks to all who contributed articles and photos. Please note: There are also 2 corrections in the pdf, 1 on page 70 is a correction to the date of the Dalwhinnie field trip, the printed version was the 5th/6th July but should be the 12th/13th. The other is on page 78 and has Tom Prescott's correct email address, it was incorrect in the printed version.

Notes on the Scottish Macro Moth List 2014

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This list aims to include every species of macro-moth reliably recorded in Scotland, with an assessment of its Scottish status, as guidance for observers contributing to the National Moth Recording Scheme (NMRS). It updates and corrects previous lists published in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Highland Moth Recording Grading

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This checklist shows the level of record required for each species of macro moth in the Highlands and gives an indication which records are likely to be queried.

Chequered Skipper Survey 2012 (Report)

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Despite the poor weather we have been very pleased with the interest in, and the results from, the 2012 survey. The aim of the survey was to target recording at 100 1km squares that were predicted, through computer modeling, to be the most suitable 1km squares for the butterfly in Scotland, but where it had not previously been recorded.