Highlands and Islands branch

Highlands and Islands Branch

Species to look out for

Welcome

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: August

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

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: May

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

Moths of the Month: April

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

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News

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Events

Polmaily Work party and Moth Morning

Saturday 12th September 2015, 10.30am-4.00pm

Another session of clearing and cutting back trackside vegetation and scrub to improve the habitat for Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Dingy Skipper. This year’s event coincides with Moth Night so we will start the day by checking moth traps set the night before.

Cotoneaster Clearance Work Party

Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th September 2015, 10.30am-4pm

The day-flying Slender Scotch Burnet moth is known from only 6-7 sites on Mull, Ulva and Gometra and nowhere else in the UK. The moth inhabits low cliffs and grassy banks on or near the coast. Furthermore it is usually restricted to slopes with a sunny, south-facing aspect, with underlying basalt rock where its caterpillar’s sole foodplant, bird’s-foot trefoil, grows in short, flower-rich vegetation, with some bare ground. However, on the cliffs near Kilninian, the moth is threatened by encroachment from Cotoneaster. This invasive non-native shrub has escaped from gardens and has become well-established on the thin-soiled species-rich undercliffs and on the cliffs themselves.

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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.