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

  • Street lights affect wildflower pollination

    Street lighting operating all night can alter the natural pollination of a common wildflower, a study involving Butterfly Conservation (BC) has revealed.

  • Top nature experts confirmed for Coul Links inquiry in the Scottish Highlands

    Read here for the latest developments on the controversial plans to create a golf course at Coul Links near Embo, Sutherland, in the Highlands of Scotland. 

    BC has joined with a number of other organisations to try and protect the wide range of wildlife found at the site.

  • Scotland News: Butterfly sets up in the city

    A butterfly once restricted to a small part of Scotland is making a comeback by expanding its range in the countryside and moving into cities like Edinburgh and more recently, Aberdeen.

  • Environment Bill

    In July 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the Government would bring forward an Environment Bill. Butterfly Conservation (BC) understand that Defra are working on the draft of the Bill, to cover England and reserved matters in devolved countries, and this will be published before Christmas.

Catch up on all our news

Events

  • Hibernating Heralds

    16th February 2019

    Beat those winter moth-ing blues and join us on a Hibernating Herald safari! A chance to see Heralds (and hopefully a Tissue) and learn more about overwintering moths and the Hibernating Herald Survey. Bring a torch.

    Roslin Glen (just south of Edinburgh)

  • Butterfly habitat maintenance: Scotstown Moor, Aberdeen

    Saturday 23rd February

    Scotstown Moor Local Nature Reserve

    Join us and others volunteers to help maintain habitat for butterflies in Aberdeen!

  • Scotland: Toxside Moss Bog Squad Volunteer Work Party

    Saturday 2nd March 2019, 10.00am-3.00pm

    Toxside Moss by Gladhouse Reservoir (Midlothian)

    The Bog Squad will be removing tree guards at this important site for the Large Heath butterfly. 

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.

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