Wildlife lovers across Scotland’s towns and cities are being asked to look out for the country’s only widespread blue butterfly this summer, amidst fears it could be struggling.
Species to look out for
Although a third of the UK in terms of land area, Scotland has less than one-tenth of the population, so ensuring our butterflies and moths are well-recorded can present quite a challenge to our volunteers and staff. Despite the seemingly unfavourable weather, our butterflies and moths are generally faring better in the uplands than in the intensively-farmed east.
We have enjoyed excellent long-term support from Scottish Natural Heritage for most of our activities in Scotland.
Wildlife lovers are being asked to help Scotland’s smallest butterfly, which has found itself in big trouble.
Sir David Attenborough is urging people across Lanarkshire to spend Saturday 10 March taking action for butterflies to mark the 50th anniversary of wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation (BC). People are invited to join BC’s Glasgow and SW Scotland Branch between 12pm and 3pm at Braehead Moss, near Lanark, where conservation tasks will benefit the Large Heath butterfly. There will also be a chance for families to take a guided walk.
Dates To Remember
Saturday 6th October 2018: Members' Day, Battleby, Perth. It will be a very special day, part of our 50th birthday celebrations! More details soon. All BC members warmly invited (and not just those living in Scotland!). A small charge is made to cover lunch and refreshments.
Saturday 16th March, 2019: Recorders' Gathering, Battleby, Perth. Hear how we use the butterfly and moth data you collect for conservation and research, and survey and monitoring plans for 2019. All those interested in recording and the current trends for butterflies and moths are very welcome. A small charge is made to cover lunch and refreshments.
All Scottish events
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...
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.
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...