A declining butterfly may have started breeding in Scotland for the first time in 130 years, after eggs were discovered by amateur naturalists in Berwickshire earlier this month...
Species to look out for
Welcome 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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In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Butterfly Conservation, a National Day of Conservation Action is taking place throughout the UK on Saturday 10 March 2018. As part of this celebration Butterfly Conservation Scotland’s Highland Branch will be holding a work party to benefit Pearl-bordered Fritillary on Fairburn Estate in Glen Orrin, near Muir of Ord.
Our annual spring Recorders Gathering in Perth 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...
An informative workshop about how to search for and identify micro moths, including the resources available to aid identification and the limitation of each resource as well as common species and how to identify the family groups. Although not technical, this workshop is aimed at people who have some previous knowledge of moths. BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Reserve in Highlands and Islands
Have 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Notes on the Scottish Macro-moth List, 2015. By Roy Leverton
Scottish Macro Moths List, 2015. Excel file by Roy Leverton.
The minutes of the Highlands and Islands branch AGM, April 2014 (PDF file)
Highlands and Islands branch AGM minutes 2014 in docx file format
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.
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.
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.
Our Spring 2013 newsletter is now available to download as a PDF file (2.14MB). Copies have been mailed to all Branch members. Many thanks to all who contributed articles and photos.
If you have a slow Internet connection, there is also a more compressed version of our newsletter (821KB) that you can download here.
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.