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.
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.
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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.
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
The Bog Squad will be visiting to Portmoak Moss at Scotlandwell, near Loch Leven to remove invasive scrub. Removal of these small trees is vital to protect the habitat from drying out and threatening the specialist species that live on the moss.
Urban spaces can be surprisingly good homes for butterflies, with some species even being more common in towns than they are in the wider countryside. Join us on this free training workshop in Glasgow to find out how to identify and record these beautiful butterflies which are on your doorstep.
Kentish Glory moths are an incredibly rare and beautiful species that now can only be found in NE Scotland in the UK. We are seeking volunteers to help monitor this special species.