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 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.

News

Butterfly man awarded in Queen's Birthday Honours

A naturalist who almost single-handedly saved a rare butterfly from extinction in Sussex, has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his long-standing services to wildlife conservation.

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Events

Highlands And Islands: Arisaig Butterflies And Moths

Sunday 30th July 2017, 10.30am-4.00pm

Join the Highlands and Islands Branch at the Sea and Islands Centre ( Arisaig), for tea, coffee and home-bakes before checking the contents of moth traps set last night. This will be followed by a field visit to a suitable location nearby (possibly Morar beach). This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count - why not download a...

Highlands And Islands: A Morning Of Moths - Intro To Moths & Moth Trapping Course

Wednesday 2nd August 2017, 9.30am-2.30pm

This beginners’ introduction to moths course at RSPB Insh Marshes (near Kingussie) covers identifying moths, along with techniques and equipment involved in surveying and monitoring moths. Please note: there is a charge for this event: Adults £12.50, RSPB Members £10. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count - why not download a...

Highlands And Islands: Moth Mania At The Marshes

Saturday 5th August 2017, 10.00am-2.00pm

Join the Highlands and Islands Branch for a look through moth traps at RSPB Insh Marshes (near Kingussie) as part of the reserve’s annual monitoring of the Dark Bordered Beauty moth, found at only three locations in Scotland. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count - why not download a...

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Reserve in Highlands and Islands

Your Records

Test thumb 1Have 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:  webmaster@highland-butterflies.org.uk   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.

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.