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


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.

E-News Update

Check out our latest E-news for Winter 2013/14 - see under 'Scottish Newsletters' in the 'Publications' box.

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Work Party on Mull

Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th April 2014, 10.30am-4.00pm

The day-flying Slender Scotch Burnet only occurs in the UK on Mull, Ulva and Gometra, nowhere else. The moth inhabits sunny, south-facing slopes, with underlying basalt rock where its caterpillar’s sole foodplant, bird’s-foot trefoil, grows in short, flower-rich vegetation, with some bare ground. However, at one of its sites, the cliffs near Kilninian, the moth is threatened by encroachment from Cotoneaster. This invasive non-native shrub has escaped from gardens and has become well-established on the undercliffs and cliffs, threatening the moth's breeding habitat.

Cairngorms Moth Extravaganza!

Friday 9th to Sunday 11th May 2014, 8.00pm-5.00pm

We are very concerned about the current status of the Kentish Glory and the Small Dark Yellow Underwing, and are hosting a moth extravaganza to target recording at both species. The Kentish Glory is associated with areas regenerating birch. Our event will focus on Forestry Commission Scotland’s Inshriach Forest and the Glenfeshie area. We will also look for the elusive and beautiful day-flying Small Dark Yellow Underwing at sites in the Kingussie and Newtonmore area. This moth is associated with bearberry and has not been recorded in the UK for two years despite previous targeted recording.

Scottish Birdfair, Edinburgh

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th May 2014

Come and visit our stand at the Scottish Birdfair to find out what we are up to this year, pick up free ID leaflets, and learn more about our exciting new Bog Squad project!

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