Butterfly man awarded in Queen's Birthday Honours list
Species to look out for
Welcome 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 will be posted here, event reports and news items will be posted on the Highland branch website.
Highland Branch covers Highland, Moray, the Western Isles and Orkney and Shetland.
Gardeners are being asked to help the UK’s beleaguered butterflies, bees and moths by making their county the most pollinator-friendly in the UK.
Butterfly Conservation welcomes B&Q's decision to stop using controversial pesticides
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.
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.
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...
Reserve in Highlands and Islands
Have a look at our "Your Records" page for information about how to record your sightings and who to send them to.
Please send any interesting or unusual news-worthy butterfly and moth sightings to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org You can see recent sightings on the "Latest News" page of the website.
A list of events with reports on previous events can be seen on the "Events" page of the website.
Notes on the Scottish Macro-moth List, 2015. By Roy Leverton
Scottish Macro Moths List, 2015. Excel file by Roy Leverton.
The minutes of the Highlands and Islands branch AGM, April 2014 (PDF file)
Highlands and Islands branch AGM minutes 2014 in docx file format
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.
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.
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.
Our Spring 2013 newsletter is now available to download as a PDF file (2.14MB). Copies have been mailed to all Branch members. Many thanks to all who contributed articles and photos.
If you have a slow Internet connection, there is also a more compressed version of our newsletter (821KB) that you can download here.
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.