Saturday 13th April 2019, 10:00am-1:00pm

Kingsview Christian Centre, Inverness IV3 8TF


  • Mark Wynn

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Do you like butterflies and/or moths and live in the Highlands? Ever wondered what species we have in this part of Scotland and what conservation work is going on to help them?

Interested in volunteering but want to find out more? Then please come to our free AGM! 

It's taking place at the Kingsview Christian Centre, Balnafettack Road, Inverness IV3 8TF and anyone is welcome to join.

Please bring your own packed lunch - hot drinks will be provided.

As well as a chance to hear all about Butterfly Conservation in the Highlands, there will be some amazing talks at this event.

09.30 Doors open for coffee and chat

10.00 - 10.45 AGM

10.45 - 11.15 Talk: James Silvey - "Rearing Moths: Frass Happens"

James Silvey works for RSPB Scotland on non-avian conservation projects including species such as Dark bordered Beauty moth and Pearl-bordered Fritillaries. James is a keen moth-er with a particular interest in larvae and rearing. He has reared numerous species over the years, both common and rare, and prescribes to the Roy Leverton rule of rearing “you don’t fully know a species until you’ve reared it”.

Dark Bordered Beauty
Dark Bordered Beauty by Damian Money

11.15 - 11.45 Talk: Laura Shelbourn - "Montane Moth Monitoring"

Laura, a graduate of modern languages, is currently based at RSPB Insh Marshes just south of Aviemore. Through volunteering placements Laura has explored nature reserves and natural wonders the length and breadth of the UK: everywhere from Orkney to Devon, Cumbria to the Norfolk broads. An amateur moth-er, Laura loves any excuse to get out of doors and learn about the natural environment – if it sounds a little bonkers, she’ll probably volunteer.

11.45 - 12.00 Tea & coffee break

12.00 - 13.00 Talk: Rosa Menendez - “Threats to northern butterflies at their southern range limit”

Rosa is an insect ecologist interested in the effects of human induced environmental change (climate change and land use changes) on insect diversity and the ecosystem functions they drive. Butterflies and dung beetles are her primary groups of interest and she carries out research in both temperate and tropical regions. Her research also has a conservation focus, aiming to provide advice on the best management practices for promoting the conservation of insects.

Rosa’s research has made significant advances in the understanding of how climate change affects insect diversity, including evidence that recent changes in climate correlate with changes in species richness, using butterflies in the UK as the model system.

Comma - Mike Taylor
The Comma is one butterfly moving northwards due to climate change