MSP Species Champions

Large Heath

MSP 'Species Champions' 

This initiative was launched by Scottish Environment LINK in 2013 – the Year of Natural Scotland – and invited all Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) to choose species that they will champion.

All of the species are are affected by one or more human impacts, such as habitat loss, climate change or pollution, and MSP ‘Species Champions’ are able to learn at first-hand exactly how these issues affect their adopted species from one of the Scottish Environment LINK member organisations. They can then work together to provide a brighter future for these species, spread that knowledge throughout Scotland’s political community and shape policy to promote and secure biodiversity. For more information on the initiative, go to http://www.scotlink.org/work-areas/species-champions/

In the previous parliament, fourteen MSPs picked a butterfly or moth. Aileen Campell MSP (Species Champion for the Large Heath) launched our Bog Squad project (http://butterfly-conservation.org/5381/bog-squad.html) in April 2014 at Langlands Moss LNR, a peatland site in her constituency.

Claudia Beamish MSP travelled down to see the habitat of her species, the Forester moth, at our Mabie Forest nature reserve near Dumfries (http://butterfly-conservation.org/2401-1954/mabie-forest-dumfries-and-galloway.html).

We are looking forward to working with our MSPs to improve the fortunes of these and our other species.

Clare Adamson

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Claudia Beamish 

Forester Moth  

Kate Forbes

Chequered Skipper

Richard Lyle

Common Blue

Aileen Campbell

Large Heath

Elaine Smith

Small Copper

John Lamont

Northern Brown Angus

Garden Tiger

 

Kentish Glory

 

Marsh Fritillary

 

Dark Bordered Beauty

John Scott

Grayling

Ross Greer

Small Blue

Liz Smith

Slender Scotch Burnet