People are being asked to help a wildlife charity track one of Scotland’s most distinctive springtime butterflies – the Orange-tip. Butterfly Conservation Scotland is marking the 20th anniversary of the first nationwide survey of this species and this year they want anyone who sees an Orange-tip to let them know by visiting www.butterfly-conservation.org/scottishorangetip
Species to look out for
Although 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.
A landscape-scale project to restore some of Lanarkshire’s precious peatlands has been launched by Large Heath Species Champion, Aileen Campbell MSP at Braehead near Lanark. The £100K project is funded by WREN, EcocoLIFE and Butterfly Conservation's 'Matchpot' fund.
Butterfly Conservation Scotland has teamed up with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to provide more habitat for butterflies high above the streets of Edinburgh.
Dates To Remember
Saturday 7th October: Members' Day
An informal chance to meet like-minded butterfly and moth enthusiasts and to learn more about the butterflies near you and what you can do to help.
All Scottish events
Join SWT to see what amazing moths are attracted to the traps.
Whether the trip will be run on the Saturday or the Sunday will be decided nearer the time, dependent on the weather forecast. Please phone Mark a few days beforehand for the final decision.
We're joining forces with the Edinburgh Natural History Society to seek out some of this coast's special butterflies and moth including the Small Blue, Wall and Dew Moth