Activities for the summer

Survey and monitoring training

There are many ways in which you can get involved in our work.  


We are going to be involved in much survey work over the next couple of years on Forestry Commission land, throughout much of Scotland. We will also be surveying butterflies on urban greenspaces in Glasgow, Stirling, Falkirk, Ayrshire, Fife and Edinburgh. Please contact the Stirling Office if you can help. 


Please contact your local Branch to find out how you can help.


We are working towards the publication of a moth atlas in 2018, so need your help to target good sites, important species and under-recorded areas. Please contact your local moth recorder or regional Branch to find out how you can help. You can always check our Facebook page for the latest sightings to see what is on the wing.


We have a variety of monitoring schemes, to suit everyone's skills and interests. Check out our Volunteer Handbook (below) for details, contact the Stirling Office or your local branch if you want to get involved. Spring is a great time to start monitoring!

Practical habitat management work

Work on cliff edgesThe number of sites where we are involved carrying out practical work is increasing:

Wester Moss, Stirling - our workparties involve pulling up young pine and building dams on our peatland nature reserve.

We are now working on more peatland sites in the Central Belt through our Bog Squad project   

 We are also involved in a long-term project to tackle invasive, non-native cotoneaster from a Slender Scotch Burnet site on Mull.

Work on our two reserves at Mabie Forest and Loch Arkaig is mostly carried out by Forest Enterprise.

Please get in touch to find out details of our next volunteer workparty, or check our Events page.

Giving talks and helping at events

Moth trapping in cairngormsPlease contact your regional Branch to see if you can help at any events (e.g. moth trapping)or similar events.

Please get in touch with the Stirling office or your Branch if you can offer to do talks on behalf of Butterfly Conservation Scotland.

Volunteer Handbook

If you are new to our work then our volunteer handbook is here to help you get started. Or maybe you need to know where to get a butterfly net or who to send your records to? Its all in our recently-updated Volunteer Handbook!

We would be keen to hear if you find it useful, or what else it should contain. Please send your comments to our Stirling Office.