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


Lanarkshire peatland restoration project launched

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.

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...

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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.

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Highlands And Islands: Landmark Butterfly House

Saturday 29th April 2017, 10.00am-11.30am

A new Tropical Butterfly House has opened at this very popular family adventure venue. We will get a “behind the scenes” look at the running of the facility.

Highlands And Islands: Kentish Glory Weekend

Friday 5th to Sunday 7th May 2017, 7.30pm-11.30am

This event will search for the spectacular Kentish Glory moth in suitable habitat (open areas with stands of birch) within Forestry Commission Scotland’s Inshriach Forest.

Scotland: Urban Butterfly Identification Workshop

Friday 12th May 2017, 10.10am-3.00pm

Urban spaces can be surprisingly good homes for butterflies, with some species even being more common in towns than they are in the wider countryside. Join us on this free training workshop at Hermitage of Braid Local Nature Reserve to find out how to identify and record these beautiful butterflies which are on your doorstep.

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