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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

  • The Year of the Painted Lady

    In just three weeks this summer, nearly half a million Painted Lady butterflies were counted as part of the 10th UK-wide Big Butterfly Count, run by Butterfly Conservation and sponsored by B&Q.

  • On the verge of something big

    UK wildlife charities have teamed up with England’s government advisor on natural environment to persuade local councils and landowners to help save our pollinators.

    At the first event of its kind, local authorities and other organisations will be asked to change the way they manage road verges, roundabouts and other valuable grassland habitats to benefit wildlife.

  • Mediterranean Blue Butterfly Invades Britain

    Climate change is causing a striking butterfly from southern Europe to appear in record-breaking numbers across the south of England, wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation can reveal.

  • Winnie the Pooh takes part in the Big Butterfly Count

    Winnie the Pooh is encouraging families to enjoy the great outdoors this summer by joining Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count.

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Events

  • South West Scotland:

    Sunday 6th October 2019, 10:00am-4:00pm

    Carrick foreshore

    A volunteer work party to cut gorse at Carrick foreshore.

  • South West Scotland:

    Wednesday 9th October 2019, 10:00am-4:00pm

    Carrick foreshore

    Carrick foreshore volunteer work party

  • Scotland: Wester Moss Bog Squad Volunteer Work Party

    Saturday 12th October 2019, 10:00am-3:00pm

    Wester Moss, Fallin (near Stirling)

    Scrub clearance at Wester Moss SSSI with the Bog Squad near Stirling to help improve habitat for the Large Heath butterfly and protect the valuable peatland.

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.

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Contact branch

  • Acting Chairman: Scott Shanks
  • Secretary: Valerie Charlton 
  • Treasurer: Tam Stewart
  • Events Coordinator: Scott Donaldson