Sunday 1st March 2020, 10:00am-3:00pm

Holyrood Park, Edinburgh


  • Anthony McCluskey

55.9460153, -3.1596354

Edinburgh's Holyrood Park is home to a large number of butterfly species - join us on this volunteer work party to help conserve them.

Rare butterflies like Grayling and Northern Brown Argus feed on plants which grow close to the ground. These plants are threatened by encroaching shrubs like gorse, so to help the butterflies we need to cut back the gorse in some areas. Grayling and Northern Brown Argus are both threatened species, so this work is important to help their populations

On Sunday 1st March a group of Butterfly Conservation volunteers will be cutting the gorse on the hill at Holyrood park. The exact location will be a 30-minute walk up the hill, mostly on maintained paths, so an appropriate level of fitness would be required from volunteers. We will be working between 10am and 3pm, with time for breaks and lunch. We will meet at the Holyrood Park Education Centre, and set off from there. Full details will be sent our prior to the event.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing Anthony McCluskey on

Contact Anthony on the address above if you would like to know anything else about this event.

This event is part of the Helping Hands for Butterflies project, supported by funds from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Scottish Natural Heritage.  It is being ran in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland who manage Holyrood Park.