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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Members' Day, Scotland

Saturday 4th October 2014, 10.00am-4.45pm

Our annual Members' Day, an informal chance to meet like-minded butterfly and moth enthusiasts and chat and hear about the wonderful highlights of the season. N.B. Please note change of date from that originally stated (to avoid the Ryder Cup!).

Bog Squad Workparty, Blairbeich Bog

Saturday 18th October 2014, 10.00am-3.00pm

We will continue our work on invasive rhododendron and other scrub, will start ditch-damming, and may complete a peat depth survey at this lovely site inside the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. There will be another workparty here on 25 October).

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.

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