Welcome

Welcome to members of the East Scotland branch of Butterfly Conservation and to others interested in the conservation of butterflies and moths in our region. The branch's area covers the Scottish Borders, the Lothians, Falkirk, Clackmannanshire, Perth and Kinross, Fife, Angus, Banffshire and Aberdeenshire. We have a diverse range of habitats including extensive areas of upland moorland, coastal habitats, wetlands, farmland, broad-leaved and coniferous woodland. These support a wide range of flora and fauna and there are many butterfly and moth species to find and enjoy within the region.

Northern Brown Argus - Ian Cowe
Northern Brown Argus - Iain Cowe

We seek to increase our knowledge of the region's butterflies and moths, to assist in their conservation and to encourage the study of these fascinating insects. We run events ourselves and support the events of other organisations too.

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


Gathering information to inform conservation.

We would very much like to hear about what you have seen and encourage you to take up regular monitoring of butterflies and/or moths.  We have Facebook groups for moths and butterflies where you can tell us about your sightings and ask questions.  We also have branch members who act as formal recorders for butterflies and moths; details about who they are and how to get your sightings to them can be found through the Recording Butterflies and Moths page.

Orange-tip - Dean Morley

Where to see butterflies

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

Merveille du Jour by Iain Leach

Finding moths

Discover how to find and see moths, how to identify them and how to contribute your sightings to help conservation.

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Get involved with surveys

Conservation action is absolutely reliant on information about the distribution and abundance of butterflies and moths. Butterfly Conservation supports a number of surveys help gather this information.

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Budget Bucket Moth Trap

In order to encourage more moth recording East Scotland Branch have started a Budget Bucket Moth Trap initiative. This aims to encourage new moth trappers.

News

  • An update for our supporters

    Please be aware that all our offices, including Manor Yard at Lulworth, are now closed due to government advice re Coronavirus Covid-19.

  • Butterflies bounce back to their best year in over 20 years

    The summer of 2019 boosted UK butterfly population to give them their best year since 1997 according to a study.

  • Coronavirus update

    While this is an uncertain and anxious time for everyone, I want to update you on how the Coronavirus Covid-19 is likely to affect our work and assure you that we are adapting and rising to the challenge of continuing our fight for nature.

  • Tackling anxiety and isolation at home with Butterfly Conservation

    As we’re all being encouraged to spend more time in our homes and feeling the worry and anxiety of 24/7 news coverage of the global pandemic, Butterfly Conservation is suggesting a way to look after your mental health by spending time in your garden or outdoor spaces.

Catch up on all our news

Events

Due to COVID-19 all Branch events are cancelled until further notice. Please check with your Branch or event organiser for further details.
See all our upcoming events

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.

In your area

Contact branch

Please use the form above to contact the branch team with details of your enquiry and your location and we'll get back to you. If you would like to make postal contact then please send to the recipient care of the Butterfly Conservation Scottish Office: Butterfly Conservation Scotland, Balallan House, 24 Allan Park, Stirling, FK8 2QG.

Chair:
Apithanny Bourne

Branch Organiser:
Glyn Edwards

Treasurer:
Dr Colin Whitehead

Secretary:
Suzanne Smith

Webmaster:
Mark Cubitt

Newsletter editor and membership:
Richard Buckland

Butterfly advisor:
Duncan Davidson

Aberdeen area organiser:
Helen Rowe

Perthshire area organiser:
Cathy Cauldwell

Tayside area organiser:
David Lampard

Angus area organiser:
Paul Brooks

Fife and Clacks area organiser:
Colin Edwards

Lothians  area organiser:
Richard Buckland

Borders area organiser:
Barry Prater