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. 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.

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.

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary [m & f], Clearbrook, Dartmoor, 16.5.20 (Dave Gregory)

What's been seen and informally sharing your own sightings

If you have seen or caught a butterfly or moth then why not share this with other branch members?  It might be your first sighting of a species for the year, your first ever, or just a cracking photograph! To share your sightings, thoughts and queries or to find out what others are seeing then visit our East Scottish Butterflies Facebook Group or our East Scottish Moths Facebook Group

Scotland also has the popular ScottishMoths email forum. This is particularly useful for those difficult identifications and also has discussions on all aspects of moth ecology and recording.

Surrey Speckled Wood S Saville

Suggested Butterfly Sites

The branch area has many good places to visit to see butterflies. We have details of some shown on a map of suggested butterfly sites.

Suggested Butterfly Sites Map


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.

Flower garden -  Katherine Volkovski

Gardening for Butterflies and Moths

Gardening with butterflies and moths in mind is one of the most rewarding things you can do in your own backyard.


Catch up on all our news


  • Field trip to Watch Water Reservoir

    Sunday, 3 July.

    Field trip to Watch Water Reservoir to see Northern Brown Argus

  • Northern Brown Argus Workshop at Morrone by Braemar

    Saturday 9th July 2022, 10:30am-1:00pm

    Morrone by Braemar

    Join us for a field workshop at Morrone Birkwood by Braemar to learn about the Northern Brown Argus in Scotland and how to take part in this year's surveys for the species. Should the weather be good we will also look for the rare Mountain Burnet moth on the slopes higher up the hill.

  • Northern Brown Argus ID workshop

    Sunday 10 July

    A field trip to Linn Dean Water NNR to see Northern Brown Argus. 

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.

Apithanny Bourne

Branch Organiser:
Glyn Edwards

Dr Colin Whitehead

Suzanne Smith

Website manager:
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:
Michael Scott