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.
Join us for our Butterflies of the Lake District webinar and learn about the common and rare species you can find here. Plus, by signing up you'll be helping fund on-the-ground conservation work in nearby Morecambe Bay.
A new project called Kent’s Magnificent Moths will save and celebrate some of the UK’s most unique and special moths which are found in the county.
In the wake of the inter-supermarket caterpillar cake debacle, Iceland has announced it will launch brand-new Iceland Bonny the Butterfly Cakes to promote the importance of biodiversity, with all profits going to Butterfly Conservation.
The Sterling and Parsons micro moth field guide suggested that the inland bellana form of Eana penziana might be extinct. Mark Cubitt and Tom Prescott published a short note in the Entomologist's Record with details of records that they and others have had of this form in recent years to put the record straight. The note can be viewed from the news article.
Saturday 15th May 2021, 10:30am-3:30pm
Cambus O'May Forest, near Ballater
A walk to search for some of the special butterflies and moths of the Cairngorms, a stronghold area for a number of nationally rare species.
Monday 17th May 2021, 7:30pm-8:30pm
Online Virtual Zoom Workshop
Learn about surveying for Scotland's smallest butterfly in this free virtual online workshop
Thursday 20th May 2021, 10:00am-12:00pm
Join us for a free online workshop in butterfly identification and recording.
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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