Welcome

Scotch Argus - Mark Searle

Although a third of the UK in terms of land area, Scotland has less than one-tenth of the population, so ensuring our butterflies and moths are well-recorded can present quite a challenge to our volunteers and staff. Despite the seemingly unfavourable weather, our butterflies and moths are generally faring better in the uplands than in the intensively-farmed east.

We have enjoyed excellent long-term support from Scottish Natural Heritage for most of our activities in Scotland.

The BC Branches in Scotland are:

East Scotland Branch
Glasgow and SW Scotland Branch
Highlands and Islands Branch


Projects & Surveys

Urban Butterfly Project
Urban spaces can be havens for butterflies, and we want your help to find out which species are making their homes in Scotland's towns and cities. Come along to a butterfly identification workshop, or use our new guide to help you discover the species found in your area.


Munching Caterpillars ScotlandThis project is helping primary schools to encourage butterflies, moths and caterpillars to their school grounds. In the process we aim to enthuse the next generation of conservationists to get active for wildlife. Find fun information and resources for your family/class or youth group.


Bog Squad
Learn about our successful project to conserve the butterflies and moths of lowland bogs in central Scotland, which starts again in September, with Peatland Action funding.


Butterfly Postcard Survey results
Here we give summaries of some of the postcard and other surveys that you have helped us with over recent years.


Priority Species updates
Brief updates of our work on the species most in need of conservation action, our 'priority species'.


MSP Species Champions
More than two-thirds of our MSPs are now 'Species Champions', including 11 who are championing butterflies or moths!

Publications

Scottish Newsletters
Low resolution copies of our annual 'Herald' newsletter, and copies of our quarterly e-news.


Habitat and species leaflets
We have now made these leaflets easier to download and print.


Butterfly and Moth ID guides
Regional identification guides for butterflies and common day-flying moths.


Enhancing Habitats for Butterflies and Moths
Some basic advice for enhancing habitats for butterflies and moths.

News

  • Agriculture Bill: A Big Day for Farming and Wildlife

    The long-awaited publication of a landmark Agriculture Bill in parliament is a crucial piece of legislation which will have profound implications for the butterflies, moths, wildlife and wider environment of England.

  • Managing land for butterflies and moths

    Our work seeks to help the development of new land management support schemes by combining the latest scientific evidence and Butterfly Conservation’s practical experience of working with farmers and land owners on the ground.

  • Make your vote count!

    The campaign for the Westminster General Election is now well and truly in full swing! This time it feels different, and not just because of the intense debates around Brexit. After years of trying to secure political attention, the environment has finally burst through onto the political stage.

  • British and Irish moths are on the move

    Scientists from Britain and Ireland who have been involved in compiling the newly published Atlas of Britain and Ireland’s Larger Moths have revealed that our moths are on the move.

Catch up on all our news

Events

  • Scotland: Wester Moss Bog Squad Volunteer Work Party

    Saturday 1st February 2020, 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.

  • Scotland: Kirkconnell Flow Bog Squad Volunteer Work Party

    Saturday 22nd February 2020, 10:00am-3:00pm

    Kirkconnell Flow by Dumfries

    The Bog Squad will be removing invasive scrub at Kirkconnell Flow near Dumfries in order to protect it's valuable peatland habitat.

  • Scottish Recorders' Gathering 2020

    Saturday 14th March 2020, 9:45am-4:45pm

    Battleby Centre, Redgorton, Perth, PH1 3EW

    Annual get-together for everyone interested in recording our butterflies and moths.

See all our upcoming events

Get Involved!

 

There are many ways in which you can get involved in our work; such as joining our Urban Butterfly Project to undertake habitat management or seed sowing in urban green spaces, restoring peatlands with our Bog Squad, using pheromone lures to record moths, going along to work parties, helping at the local events that our Branches attend, sending us amazing butterfly and moth images, or writing to your MSP to tell them about our work and ask them to support our efforts for a greener, cleaner Scotland. Check out our Volunteer Handbook for more suggestions, and please also look at the Health & Safety information, including risk assessments.