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.
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.
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.
Discover how to find and see moths, how to identify them and how to contribute your sightings to help conservation.
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.
Gardening with butterflies and moths in mind is one of the most rewarding things you can do in your own backyard.
We're asking people to help butterflies and moths by leaving leaf litter, keeping branches and letting plant stems go uncut in the garden this winter. So here are some ideas for alternatives to gardening this winter.
The leaves in your garden could be hiding a multitude of insects this winter.
Our guide to helping butterflies and moths through the coldest months of the year.
Most insects in the UK take a break in the winter months. Unlike mammals and birds they can't easily heat themselves up, and their sources of food from plants dwindle. But a few hardy butterflies and moths can be seen during this time, with some moths only appearing as adults during the months when few other insects are on the wing.
Sunday 16th January 2022
Holyrood Park Edinburgh
Help us maintain the habitat at Holyrood Park Edinburgh for butterflies and moths!
Thursday 24th February 2022
Auchtermuchty Common (Fife)
Help us maintain the habitat at Auchtermuchty Common in Fife to help butterflies and moths!
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.
In your area
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.
Dr Colin Whitehead
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