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The Branch area includes Dumfries & Galloway, Ayrshire, Greater Glasgow, Stirlingshire, Argyll, the Argyll islands, Dunbartonshire & Loch Lomond. This includes Scotland's first National Park: Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park. These regions include a diverse range of landscapes providing a range of habitats from the fertile central lowlands and coastal parts of Ayrshire/Dumfries & Galloway to the moorland of more inland areas of these counties and to the rugged mountain scenery of the southern highlands and Argyll and to the unique scenery and habitats of the Argyll islands.

If you live in the region and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the Glasgow & SW Scotland Branch.


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Painted Lady - Gary Richardson

Submit your butterfly sightings

We welcome all records of butterflies from South West Scotland. Recent records are particularly useful, but older records may help fill gaps in our data and will be gratefully received. Every record counts, and even the more common species can be valuable indicators of changes in the environment. Older records are also very useful when assessing changes in butterfly distribution and abundance.

Emperor Moth - Iain H Leach

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News

  • Attenborough: ‘Watching butterflies is good for you!’

    Sir David Attenborough has spoken of the mental health benefits of watching butterflies as he urged the public to take part in the world’s biggest butterfly survey over the next three weeks.

  • Latest trends in butterfly indicators revealed

    In the UK, since 1976, the habitat specialists butterflies index has fallen by 77%, whilst wider countryside abundance is down by 46%.

  • Looking for the blues in Scotland

    Wildlife lovers across Scotland’s towns and cities are being asked to look out for the country’s only widespread blue butterfly this summer, amidst fears it could be struggling.

  • March of the micros

    An increasing number of new moth species are arriving and settling in the UK as a result of the global reach of the horticultural trade and the changing climate, moth experts today revealed.

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.

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.

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Contact branch

  • Chairman/Secretary: Paul Mapplebeck
  • Treasurer: Tam Stewart