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: 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.

Moths of the Month: January and February

In this regular feature, Roy Leverton illustrates a selection of characteristic moths to look out for in our area at different times of the year.

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Latest News

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 ...

First Decent Moth Count

An interesting first decent catch of the year was reported by Brian Neath in Wester Ross on 12th March including 35 Mottled Grey...

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Highlands Cotoneaster Clearance Work Party

Thursday 24th April 2014 - Sunday 27th April, anytime 10:30am - 4pm

Join the Highlands branch clearing Cotoneaster to benefit Slender Scotch Burnet moth on the beautiful Isle of Mull.

Highlands Kingussie Moth Weekend Extravaganza!

Three events: Friday 9th May, 8pm - late; Saturday 10th May, 10.30am - 1pm; Sunday 11th May, 10.30am - 5pm

During the three separate events this weekend we will be looking for Kentish Glory and Small Dark Yellow Underwing, also Netted Mountain Moth. Please come along to one, two or all!

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Your Records

Test thumb 1Please send any interesting news-worthy butterfly and moth sightings to the following email address:  webmaster@highland-butterflies.org.uk

But find out how to submit your general butterfly and moth records for the Highlands and Islands at this link: how to submit . The link will take you to a page on the old branch website with the names and contact details of who to send your general butterfly and moth records to.

Downloads Available

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.

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.