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

  • No let-up in net loss of UK’s nature

    The UK’s wildlife continues to decline according to the State of Nature 2019 report. The latest findings show that since rigorous scientific monitoring began in the 1970s there has been a 13% decline in average abundance across wildlife studied and that the declines continue unabated.

  • Helping Hands for Butterflies in Scotland

    Butterfly Conservation has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £74,200 for a new project, which will help get volunteers creating meadows for butterflies in central Scotland.

  • Holy Grail of moth recording reappears in Britain

    Numerous recent sightings of a moth that became extinct in the UK in the 1960s, suggest that it has recolonised and is now breeding across southern Britain.

  • Grants to create Pollinator Habitat

    Butterfly Conservation’s East Scotland Branch has launched a new small grants scheme. They will be awarding five grants of up to £200 each to assist the creation of pollinator habitat. 

Catch up on all our news

Events

There are currently no events scheduled for this area. Events are mostly held during the summer months and are arranged in the early spring.

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