Events

You can brush up your identification skills, help on a conservation task, see a rare species or just enjoy a beautiful site.

To find an event near you just select your branch area (see In Your Area to find the closest branch to you) and then click the Filter button. You can also refine your selection using the Categories on the left-hand panel.

Highlands & Islands: Moths At The Marshes

Saturday 23rd June 2018: 10am
Insh Marshes car park, Kingussie

Join the Highlands Branch to take a look through moth traps run the previous night and then, if the weather is good, go for a butterfly walk! This event is part of National Insect Week...

East Scotland, Borders: Berwickshire Coastal Walk

Sunday 24th June 2018, 10.30am-3.30pm
Burnmouth

We're joining up with the Edinburgh Natural History Society to look for two of the area's butterfly specialities, the Small Blue and Northern Brown Argus. Should be lots more to see as well.

Highlands & Islands: Butterflies and Moths Of Anagach Woods

Sunday 24th June 2018, 10am-1pm
Anagach Woods Car Park, Grantown-on-Spey

Join BC's Highland Branch and the Anagach Woods Trust to look through moth traps run the night before and then, if the weather is fair, take a walk nearby to look for butterflies...

Pine-tree Lappet Survey

Wednesday 27th to Friday 29th June 2018, 8.00pm-10.00am
Glen Strathfarrar

In 2014 Pine-tree Lappet was discovered in the native pinewoods in Glen Strathfarrar (10-20km west of Kiltarlity). This is very significant as it was the first time that the moth had been found in an area of native pinewood, it could therefore be the source of the newly discovered Scottish population. In 2016 Butterfly Conservation Scotland assisted Forest Research with targeted light trapping to ascertain the status anddistribution of the moth in the Glen. Over 16 MV traps were set along the length of the Glen mostly at approximately 500m intervals over two nights (11th and 12th July). 110 species were recorded including five Pine-tree Lappet, each at a different location, confirming that the moth is present at a low density. This survey was repeated in 2017 with similarly low numbers of the target species and a great selection of other species caught.

East Scotland, Borders: Pentlands Butterfly Safari

Saturday 30th June 2018, 10.30am-3.30pm
Pentland Hills Near West Linton

We plan to record butterflies (including the Northern Brown Argus) and day-flying moths in a botanically rich valley in the Pentland Hills.

July Moths In The Garden

Sunday 1st July 2018, 10.00am-11.30am
St Mary's Pleasance, Haddington, East Lothian

Come and see the moths caught in the garden overnight before releasing them back into the wild. An opportunity to learn more about these fascinating and beautiful nocturnal insects.

Highlands & Islands: Struie Hill Butterfly Walk

Sunday 1st July 2018: 10.30am
Near Edderton

There are very few records of both butterflies and moths for this lovely little hill (373M / 1230FT), hopefully on this July outing we can add many more!

Northern Brown Argus & Small Blue Workshop

Thursday 5th July 2018, 1.00pm-5.00pm
Shandwick

The event will focus on two scarce and threatened butterflies; Northern Brown Argus and Small Blue. The aim of the day is to inform participants about their life-cycle and habitat requirements and then visit two local sites to look for eggs and adult Northern Brown Argus and Small Blue eggs and larvae. It is hoped that participants will subsequently look for both species in the area to help determine their current status.

East Scotland: Butterfly Walk Kincraig

Saturday 7th July 2018, 10.00am-2.00pm
Kincraig

Join us on a short walk along the coastal path at Kincraig to look for Northern Brown Argus, and learn about its food plant (Rock rose) and habitat requirements.

Linn Dean Water For Northern Brown Argus

Sunday 8th July 2018, 10.30am-3.30pm
Linn Dean Water Reserve, Soutra Hill

Another trip to this superb butterfly site, where there is a healthy colony of Northern Brown Argus. There are also plenty of Dark Green Fritillaries here, and the possibility of seeing Grayling and Small Skipper.

Goat Moth Workshop

Tuesday 10th July 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Little Scatwell, near Contin

Goat moth is a spectacular and rarely recorded moth whose larvae live within the heartwood of deciduous trees. A recently formulated pheromone lure has been successful in attracting males at known sites in Scotland. Lures and light traps will be set the previous night at a known haunt of the moth. The field trip will check these traps as well as visiting known Goat trees to smell and look for characteristic signs of occupancy. It is hoped that participants will subsequently look for these characteristic signs and smells elsewhere in the Highlands to help find new sites of this very under-recorded species and thereby help determine its current status.

Highlands & Islands: Landmark Adventure Park Moths!

Sunday 15th July 2018, 10.30am-1pm
Landmark Forest Adventure Park, Carrbridge

Join the Branch at the Landmark Forest Adventure Park in Carrbridge to go through moth traps and perhaps take a visit at the parks stunning butterfly house too!

East Scotland: MARVELLOUS MOTHS

Tuesday 17th July 2018, 10.00am - 12.30pm
Muir Of Dinnet, Aberdeenshire

Discover the amazing diversity of moths and their roles in nature.

East Scotland: DRUM CASTLE BIOBLITZ

Friday 20th July 2018, 11.00am-3.00pm
Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire

Calling all nature hunters! Bioblitz is your chance to help the NTS North East Ranger Service – in partnership with other organisations, including Butterfly Conservation, capture as many records of our unique wildlife as possible in a single day.

Highlands & Islands: Moth Morning

Saturday 21st July 2018, 10am-12pm
Claggan Road, Fort William

Join Butterfly Conservation Scotland and Nevis Landscape Partnership to find out more about the fascinating and wonderful world of moths. We will be checking the contents of moth traps set locally the night before...

Aberlady Bay NR For Small Skippers

Sunday 22nd July 2018, 10.30am-3.30pm
Aberlady Bay Local NR, East Lothian

This is a repeat of last year's outing, which was heavily affected by rain, so we are hoping for better weather this time. The object is to see Small Skippers, which have only been recorded in this part of the world over the last five years. We should also see Dark Green Fritillaries, which are well established here.

East Scotland: Butterfly Walk Tentsmuir

Saturday 4th August 2018, 10.00am-2.30pm
Tentsmuir Forest and NNR

Join us on a short walk looking for Butterflies along the coastal path from Tentsmuir car park to Tentsmuir Point NNR. Species commonly found include Small Pearl-bordered and Dark Green Fritillaries, Small Copper, Common Blue, Green Hairstreak and Grayling. Day-flying moths are well-represented, with Cinnabar and Six-spot Burnet. Weather permitting a moth trap will be run overnight to be opened at 10:00 before the walk.

East Scotland: A WILD NIGHT OUT AT COVE BAY

Saturday 4th August 2018, 8.30pm - 12.00 midnight
Cove Bay, Aberdeen

Enter the mysterious world of night creatures! This will include setting up sugar and light traps to attract moths.

August Moths In The Garden

Sunday 5th August 2018, 10.00am-11.30am
St Mary's Pleasance, Haddington, East Lothian

Come and see the moths caught in the garden overnight before releasing them back into the wild. An opportunity to learn more about these fascinating and beautiful nocturnal insects.

Moth Morning At Vogrie Park

Saturday 11th August 2018, 9.00am-11.00am
Vogrie Country Park, Gorebridge

Meet at the house to view last night's catch. This event will form part of Vogrie Park's festival from 4th. to 12th. August.

Lepidoptera And Hymenoptera Pollinators Outing at Preston Grange

Sunday 12th August 2018, 11.30am-4.30pm
Preston Grange, Musselburgh

A joint outing with the Edinburgh Natural History Society, to look for pollinators of both the bee/wasp and butterfly type. A bee expert will be on hand to take us through their identification. The Preston Grange site is supposed to be good for Bumblebees in particular. Butterflies that might turn up are Speckled Wood, Small Skipper and Wall.

East Scotland, Borders: Moths In The Manor Valley Near Peebles

Wednesday 22nd to Thursday 23rd August 2018, 8.00pm-11.00am
Manor Valley Near Peebles

Learn about moth-trapping and survey methods in the evening and/or come back the following morning to inspect some of the moths found. An event with the Tweeddale U3A Group.

September Moths In The Garden

Sunday 2nd September 2018, 10.00am-11.30am
St Mary's Pleasance, Haddington, East Lothian

Come and see the moths caught in the garden overnight before releasing them back into the wild. An opportunity to learn more about these fascinating and beautiful nocturnal insects.

Highlands & Islands: Polmaily Conservation Event

Saturday 15th September 2018, 10.30am-4pm
near Drumnadrochit, Inverness

Help the Branch with another session of clearing and cutting back trackside vegetation and scrub to improve the habitat for Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Dingy Skipper...