This year’s slow spring and soggy summer could pose a risk to the UK’s common butterflies, wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation (BC) has warned. The charity is asking people in Scotland to take part in this year’s Big Butterfly Count so experts can chart the effects of the poor weather conditions on species like the Red Admiral, Small Copper and Green-veined White butterflies.
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.
Butterfly Conservation Scotland wants people using allotments, community growing spaces and community gardens to have a good look at their patch to see which butterflies are making their homes nearby.
An innovative project to halt the decline of butterflies in urban areas of central Scotland has been launched in Glasgow - can you help?
Organised by our D&G subgroup the target species are Small & Essex Skippers but there should be many other species too including possibly Large Skipper - the 3rd member in our area of what are known as the Golden Skippers. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.
Our annual Members' Day is an informal chance to meet like-minded butterfly and moth enthusiasts and chat and hear about the wonderful highlights of the season.
Our annual spring Recorders Gathering is an informal meeting when we get together to look back on the recording highlights of the previous year, and discuss and plan surveys and monitoring for the coming one.