Highlands and Islands branch

Highlands and Islands Branch

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Pearl-bordered Fritillary by Peter EelesWelcome to the Highland branch of Butterfly Conservation.

If you live in the region and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the Highland branch. 

All our new events will be posted here, event reports and news items will be posted on the Highland branch website.

Highland Branch covers Highland, Moray, the Western Isles and Orkney and Shetland.


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Scotland: Recording and Monitoring Lochaber's Butterflies

Tuesday 29th May 2018, 10am-3pm

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.

Highlands: Moth Morning!

Wednesday 30th May 2018, 10am-12pm

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

Highlands & Islands: Allt Mhuic Open Day - A Triple Celebration!

Sunday 3rd June 2018: 10.30am

Join the Highlands and Islands Branch at their Allt Mhuic Reserve Open Day to celebrate 50 years of Butterfly Conservation, 25 years of Highland Branch and 15 years of Allt Mhuic reserve! We'll be looking for the Chequered Skipper and Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies and moths!

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Your Records

Test thumb 1Have a look at our "Your Records" page for information about how to record your sightings and who to send them to. 

Please send any interesting or unusual news-worthy butterfly and moth sightings to the following email address:  webmaster@highland-butterflies.org.uk   You can see recent sightings on the "Latest News" page of the website.

A list of events with reports on previous events can be seen on the "Events" page of the website.

Downloads Available

AGM Minutes 2014

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The minutes of the Highlands and Islands branch AGM, April 2014 (PDF file)

AGM Minutes 2014

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Highlands and Islands branch AGM minutes 2014 in docx file format

Chequered Skipper - Highland Branch 2014 newsletter

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Our Spring 2014 newsletter is now available to download as a PDF file (3MB). Copies have been mailed to all Branch members. Many thanks to all who contributed articles and photos. Please note: There are also 2 corrections in the pdf, 1 on page 70 is a correction to the date of the Dalwhinnie field trip, the printed version was the 5th/6th July but should be the 12th/13th. The other is on page 78 and has Tom Prescott's correct email address, it was incorrect in the printed version.

Notes on the Scottish Macro Moth List 2014

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This list aims to include every species of macro-moth reliably recorded in Scotland, with an assessment of its Scottish status, as guidance for observers contributing to the National Moth Recording Scheme (NMRS). It updates and corrects previous lists published in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Highland Moth Recording Grading

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This checklist shows the level of record required for each species of macro moth in the Highlands and gives an indication which records are likely to be queried.

Chequered Skipper Survey 2012 (Report)

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Despite the poor weather we have been very pleased with the interest in, and the results from, the 2012 survey. The aim of the survey was to target recording at 100 1km squares that were predicted, through computer modeling, to be the most suitable 1km squares for the butterfly in Scotland, but where it had not previously been recorded.