Scotland: Recording and Monitoring Lochaber's Butterflies

Chequered Skipper
Scotland: Recording and Monitoring Lochaber's Butterflies
Tuesday 29th May 2018, 10am-3pm
An Drochaid, Claggan Road, Fort William

Join Butterfly Conservation Scotland and the Nevis Landscape Partnership to learn how to record and monitor butterflies, identify species and take an afternoon field trip to look for butterflies and day-flying moths.

Meeting place:  Voluntary Action Lochaber Offices at An Drochaid, Claggan Road, Fort William, PH33 6PH.  Grid reference NN116742.

Directions.  If you are travelling to Fort William from the north enter the town on the A82 and turn left onto Claggan Road (signposted to Claggan Industrial Estate, Achintee and Footpath to Ben Nevis).  Then turn right after about 400m onto Achintee Road and then right again after just 20m into the entrance to the car park to An Drochaid.

If you are travelling to Fort William from the south turn right into Claggan Road which lies c150m to the north of the Ben Nevis Centre roundabout.  Then follow the directions above.

Description:  The event will focus on different techniques for recording and monitoring butterflies including timed counts and transects.  It will also include an introduction to the butterflies of Lochaber covering all 22 species recorded in the area but paying particular attention on the scarce Chequered Skipper and Pearl-bordered Fritillary.  After an indoor presentation an afternoon field trip in Glen Nevis will look for spring butterflies and day-flying moths.  It is hoped that participants will be keen to record and help monitor butterflies in Glen Nevis and elsewhere in the local area over the rest of the summer. 

Approx duration:  2-3 hours indoors followed by a 2-3 hour field trip.  In the unlikely event of unsuitable butterfly weather the field trip may be postponed until the following afternoon.

What’s needed:  Plenty of sunshine, packed lunch, stout walking shoes and a good sense of humour!

Any other information:  Tea and coffee will be provided on arrival.  Butterfly books and charts will be available to buy as well as free butterfly and moth leaflets to take away.

 

Booking: To avoid disappointment it is advisable to book as places are limited.  This can be done online at http://www.nevislandscape.co.uk/local/events/ or by contacting Tom Prescott: tprescott@butterfly-conservation.org Tel: 01540 661469.  Mob: 07979 785665.