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.
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.
History fans are being asked to take a closer look at castles this summer in a bid to track the changing fortunes of one of the UK’s most striking and overlooked butterflies.
The Prince of Wales has recorded dozens of butterflies while taking part in the world’s largest butterfly survey at his home in Highgrove, Gloucestershire.
Sir David Attenborough has spoken of the mental health benefits of watching butterflies as he urged the public to take part in the world’s biggest butterfly survey over the next three weeks.
In the UK, since 1976, the habitat specialists butterflies index has fallen by 77%, whilst wider countryside abundance is down by 46%.
Wednesday 22nd to Thursday 23rd August 2018, 8.00pm-11.00am
Manor Valley Near Peebles
Learn about moth-trapping and survey methods in the evening and/or come back the following morning to inspect some of the moths found. An event with the Tweeddale U3A Group.
Sunday 2nd September 2018, 10.00am-11.30am
St Mary's Pleasance, Haddington, East Lothian
Come and see the moths caught in the garden overnight before releasing them back into the wild. An opportunity to learn more about these fascinating and beautiful nocturnal insects.
Saturday 15th September 2018, 10.30am-4pm
near Drumnadrochit, Inverness
Help the Branch with another session of clearing and cutting back trackside vegetation and scrub to improve the habitat for Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Dingy Skipper...
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.