Highlands and Islands

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


Bog Squad to protect peatlands

Scottish peat bogs are to receive a boost with the launch of a ‘Bog Squad’ dedicated to saving these precious wildlife habitats. The Bog Squad was launched by Ms Aileen Campbell MSP, at Langlands Moss Local Nature Reserve, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire on April 27th.

E-News Update

Check out our latest E-news for Spring 2014 - see under 'Scottish Newsletters' in the 'Publications' box.

Spreading Skipper Surprise

One of Scotland’s rarest and most charismatic butterflies – the Chequered Skipper, is far more widespread than previously thought, a survey has revealed.

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Bog Squad Workparty, Blairbeich Bog

Saturday 25th October 2014, 10.00am-3.00pm

We will continue our work to remover invasive rhododendron and other scrub and continue ditch-damming at this lovely site inside the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.

Wester Moss workparty, Stirling

Saturday 1st November 2014, 10.00am-3.30pm

Come and help clear pine and install plastic dams on this wonderful lowland peatland! Bring stout boots or wellies, warm clothing and a packed lunch. This project is part of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, part-funded by HLF, and is in conjunction with Stirling Council Rangers.

Bog Squad Workparty, Easter Drumclair Bog

Saturday 22nd November 2014, 10.00am-3.00pm

We will be cutting and pulling up small birches that are beginning to spread across the open bog, and we will also do a peat depth survey of the bog so we can measure how much carbon it stores.

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