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

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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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  • Spot a once in a decade butterfly phenomenon

    Chris Packham is urging wildlife lovers to take part in the world’s largest insect citizen science survey to help reveal if the UK is experiencing a once in a decade butterfly phenomenon.

  • Extinct butterfly breeds in English first

    A previously extinct butterfly has bred successfully in an English woodland for the first time in more than 40 years as part of the ambitious conservation project, Back from the Brink.

  • Munching caterpillars head into Scottish Schools

    Children across Scotland’s towns and cities are being given the chance to reconnect with nature as part of a new project by wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation (BC).

  • Scottish moths battling unfair reputation

    Around three-quarters of the Scottish population (74%) have some negative opinion of moths, with many people believing the majority eat clothes and are pests, a study has revealed.

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  • South West Scotland. Butterfly Walk & Big Butterfly Count

    Sunday 28th July 2019, 10:30am-3:00pm

    Mossdale, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway

    An easy walk along the disused railway, hoping to see Scotch Argus and Dark Green Fritillaries, amongst others.

    This is also a great opportunity to take part in the Big Butterfly Count.

  • Scotland: Brownsburn Bog Squad Volunteer Work Party

    Saturday 10th August 2019, 10:00am-3:00pm

    Brownsburn Community Nature Park, Airdrie

    Bog Squad volunteer work party to block old drainage ditches to benefit the peatland wildlife. 

    This is also a great opportunity to take part in the Big Butterfly Count.

  • 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.

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