Scottish mountains

Species to look out for


AltPearl-bordered Fritillary by Peter Eeleshough a third of the UK in terms of land area, Scotland has less than one-tenth of the population, so ensuring our butterflies and moths are well-recorded can present quite a challenge to our volunteers and staff. Despite the seemingly unfavourable weather, our butterflies and moths are generally faring better in the uplands than in the intensively-farmed east.

We have enjoyed excellent long-term support from Scottish Natural Heritage for most of our activities in Scotland.

Scottish Natural Heritage


Race to the railway to save rare moth

Butterfly Conservation (BC) Scotland and Network Rail have joined forces in the Scottish Highlands to create new habitat for one of the UK’s rarest moths - the Small Dark Yellow Underwing...

Dragons establish new den near Stirling

A Scottish wildlife reserve, where one of the country’s rarest butterflies can be found, is now home to a number of beautiful dragonfly species, Butterfly Conservation can reveal.

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Scotland: Mabie Reserve workparty

Saturday 28th January 2017, 10.00am-3.30pm

We will be holding a Conservation Work party at our Mabie Forest reserve, cutting and clearing scrub as well as possibly doing some scarifying for later wildflower sowing. All very welcome.

Scotland: Black Moss Work Party

Sunday 29th January 2017, 10am-3pm

Lose those Xmas pounds and help save the planet by joining us working on this great little bog on the edge of Armadale! We will be installing ditch-blocking dams to help keep the Moss wet and in good condition for butterflies and moths.

Scotland: Recording And Conserving Edinburgh's Butterflies And Moths

Saturday 11th February 2017, 10am-3.30pm

Whether you’re a seasoned recorder or completely new to the fascinating world of butterflies and moths, Butterfly Conservation Scotland would like to welcome you to this free event in Edinburgh to find out more about how you can get involved in the recording and conservation of your local lepidoptera.

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