We aim to provide information about the activities of our branch in the Scottish Borders; the Lothians, Falkirk, Clackmannanshire, Perth and Kinross, Fife, Angus, Banffshire and Aberdeenshire.

If you live in the region and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the East Scotland Branch.

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Orange-tip - Dean Morley

Where to see butterflies

If you would like to see some of the butterflies that the East Scotland Branch area has to offer, we have revealed some of our favourite locations.

Garden Tiger - Iain H Leach

Butterfly and moth sightings

Butterfly and moth recording is the foundation upon which we are founded. Take a look at what has been seen near you and find out how you can submit your sightings. 

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  • Attenborough: ‘Watching butterflies is good for you!’

    Sir David Attenborough has spoken of the mental health benefits of watching butterflies as he urged the public to take part in the world’s biggest butterfly survey over the next three weeks.

  • Latest trends in butterfly indicators revealed

    In the UK, since 1976, the habitat specialists butterflies index has fallen by 77%, whilst wider countryside abundance is down by 46%.

  • Looking for the blues in Scotland

    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.

  • March of the micros

    An increasing number of new moth species are arriving and settling in the UK as a result of the global reach of the horticultural trade and the changing climate, moth experts today revealed.


  • East Scotland: Aberdeenshire - Drum Castle Bioblitz

    Friday 20th July 2018, 10.00am-3.00pm

    Drum Castle, near Drumoak

    Calling all nature hunters! Drum Castle is delighted to be hosting this year's Bioblitz event on our Estate!

  • East Scotland: Aberlady Bay NR For Small Skippers

    Sunday 22nd July 2018, 10.30am-3.30pm

    Aberlady Bay Local NR, East Lothian

    This is a repeat of last year's outing, which was heavily affected by rain, so we are hoping for better weather this time. The objective is to see Small Skippers, which have only been recorded in this part of the world over the last five years. We should also see Dark Green Fritillaries, which are well established here.

  • East Scotland: Aberdeenshire - Family Fun: Celebrating International Bog Day

    Sunday 29th July 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm

    Portlethen Moss, Bruntland Road, Portlethen

    Join Butterfly Conservation Scotland’s Bog Squad and the Portlethen Moss Conservation Group for a family fun afternoon on the moss.

Volunteer with us

Butterfly Conservation relies on the support of thousands of volunteers, and we are always looking for more help inside the office and out in the field. Whether you want to volunteer at a local branch, get outside and help manage our nature reserves, or help with one of our events, we have something for everyone to get involved in! Your time can make a real difference.

Find out how to get involved.

Contact branch

  • Branch Organiser: Glyn Edwards
  • Treasurer: Dr Colin Whitehead