Mountain Ringlet (upperwing)

Scotland's rugged landscape presents a distinctive set of challenges to our team at Butterfly Conservation Scotland.

There are large populations of species, like the Pearl-bordered Fritillary, which are threatened by habitat loss elsewhere in the UK.

Scotland's upland and northern species such as Large Heath, Mountain Ringlet, Mountain Burnet and Northern Dart are under threat and are important indicators of climate change.

Other important Scottish species are those that need large areas of habitat, like the Marsh Fritillary and the Kentish Glory moth. Urban areas and brownfield sites also have value for declining UK species such as Small Blue and Grayling.

One of the challenges we face is that there are relatively few people on the ground identifying important colonies and monitoring trends. Find out how you can get involved or learn more about our Scottish reserves, events and publications on our Scotland page.

Or read about some of our Scottish projects: