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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  • Scotland: Braehead Moss Volunteer Work Party

    Sunday 25th November 2018, 10.00am-3.00pm

    Braehead Moss Nature Reserve, South Lanarkshire

    Scrub clearance at Braehead Moss (South Lanarkshire) to help improve habitat conditions of the Large Heath butterfly.

  • Scotland: Sheriffmuir Work Party

    Sunday 13th January 2019, 10.00am-3.00pm

    Sheriffmuir (by Dunblane)

    We will be clearing small spruce trees from the open heath area surrounding the Gathering Stone at Sheriffmuir near Dunblane. The open habitat there is important for a range of butterflies including Green Hairstreak.

  • Scotland: Wester Moss Bog Squad Volunteer Work Party

    Saturday 19th January 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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  • Treasurer: Tam Stewart