Butterflies in towns and cities declining faster than their countryside counterparts
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 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.
*******Please note that due to poor weather the moth trapping event at Kiltarlity due to take place on April 30th will now take place on May 7th******
Some of the UK's best-loved birds and butterflies could be wiped out as there is not enough habitat for them to cope with the effects of a warming climate.
World-renowned butterfly scientist Dr Martin Warren has been awarded with an OBE for services to the environment.
Our annual spring Recorders Gathering in Perth is an informal meeting when we get together to look back on the recording highlights of the previous year, and discuss and plan surveys and monitoring for the coming one...
Join the Highlands and Islands Branch on a work party that will benefit a range of peatland habitat dependant butterflies and moths (and dragonflies!)....
Another chance to help us cut back vegetation and rake up excessive bracken to improve the habitat for Pearl-bordered and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries at this site (west of Muir of Ord....
Reserve in Highlands and Islands
We 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.