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 has a very diverse range of habitats including extensive areas of upland moorland, coastal habitats, wetlands, farmland, broad-leaved and coniferous woodland. These different habitats support a wide range of fauna and flora and a good number of butterfly species and many species of moth may be seen 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.

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 our East Scotland Branch.


Species to look out for

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 or ask questions too.  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 Records and Sightings menu items at the top left of this page.

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.

HibernatingHeralds

Get involved with surveys

Conservation action is absolutely reliant on information about the distribution and abundance of butterflies. Butterfly Conservation uses a number of survey techniques to gather this information.

News

  • Spot a once in a decade butterfly phenomenon

    Chris Packham is urging wildlife lovers to take part in the world’s largest insect citizen science survey to help reveal if the UK is experiencing a once in a decade butterfly phenomenon.

  • Extinct butterfly breeds in English first

    A previously extinct butterfly has bred successfully in an English woodland for the first time in more than 40 years as part of the ambitious conservation project, Back from the Brink.

  • Hibernating Herald Project update - Spring 2019

    Since the Hibernating Herald project began in December 2016 people from across Scotland have been visiting dark places in the depth of winter to seek out overwintering moths. 

  • Munching caterpillars head into Scottish Schools

    Children across Scotland’s towns and cities are being given the chance to reconnect with nature as part of a new project by wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation (BC).

Catch up on all our news

Events

  • Moth Night: Tentsmuir Point National Nature Reserve

    Friday 3rd May to Thursday 26th September 2019, 9:00pm-7:00am

    A new monthly trapping event to be held in various locations in Tentsmuir Forest. 

  • East Scotland: Moths & Bats at Leith Hall

    Friday 26th July 2019, 8:30pm-10:30pm

    Leith Hall car park, Kennethmont AB54 4NQ Aberdeenshire

    Families are being invited to join our local moth recorder to learn more about the fascinating world of moths, using light and sugar traps (that don’t harm the moths) to attract these night-flying creatures! You'll also get to go learn more about bats and go on a walk to find some... 

  • East Scotland: A Walk round St Mary's Loch

    Saturday 27th July 2019, 11:00am-4:00pm

    Meet at St. Dunstan’s car park (Health Centre) Melrose, TD6 9RX

    Join us on this wildlife walk around the loch, where we might get to see Northern Brown Argus butterflies.

    This is also a great opportunity to take part in the Big Butterfly Count.

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