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:
Species to look out for
Projects & Surveys
Scottish Common Blue Survey
Send us your Common Blue sightings to help us understand more about the places where this species is found and if this butterfly needs our help.
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.
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!
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.
Read here for the latest developments on the controversial plans to create a golf course at Coul Links near Embo, Sutherland, in the Highlands of Scotland.
BC has joined with a number of other organisations to try and protect the wide range of wildlife found at the site.
A butterfly once restricted to a small part of Scotland is making a comeback by expanding its range in the countryside and moving into cities like Edinburgh and more recently, Aberdeen.
In July 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the Government would bring forward an Environment Bill. Butterfly Conservation (BC) understand that Defra are working on the draft of the Bill, to cover England and reserved matters in devolved countries, and this will be published before Christmas.
A moth normally associated with southern England and Wales has been discovered in Scotland for the first time.
Saturday 16th March 2019, 10.00am-5.00pm
Battleby Conference Centre
Our annual get-together for everyone interested in recording butterflies and moths
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.
Saturday 9th February 2019, 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.
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.