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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Saturday 5th October 2019, 9:45am-4:45pm
Battleby Centre, Redgorton, Perth, PH1 3EW
Our annual Members get-together
Friday 3rd May to Thursday 26th September 2019, 9:00pm-7:00am
A new monthly trapping event to be held in various locations in Tentsmuir Forest.
Thursday 25th July 2019, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Insh Marshes, near Kingussie. Nearest post code: PH21 1NS
Join the Highlands & Island's Branch for a gentle walk along one of the nature trails at Insh Marshes to look for butterflies and take part in Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count.
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.