White-letter Hairstreak discovered in Scotland for the first time in 130 years
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.
Julie Williams has been elected as the new Chief Executive of wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation (BC), taking on the role after Dr Martin Warren OBE retired from the post last year.
Sir David Attenborough has warned that UK butterflies face a critical summer after a string of poor years has seen the numbers of many common species decline.
This practical workshop will look at how to gather, store and propagate seed. We will meet at Talla nan Ros for an introduction before travelling out in shared cars to RSPB Insh Marshes and Newtonmore for seed collection. Then returning to Talla nan Ros for the rest of the workshop.
A look through moth traps run the night before at RSPB Insh Marshes (near Kingussie). Please note: there is a charge for this event. Adults £5, RSPB members £3.
Another session of clearing and cutting back trackside vegetation and scrub to improve the habitat for Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Dingy Skipper. The work includes “weeding” sections previously cleared, as well as tackling un-cleared areas.
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.