Welcome

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.


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

  • Street lights affect wildflower pollination

    Street lighting operating all night can alter the natural pollination of a common wildflower, a study involving Butterfly Conservation (BC) has revealed.

  • Top nature experts confirmed for Coul Links inquiry in the Scottish Highlands

    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.

  • Scotland News: Butterfly sets up in the city

    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.

  • Environment Bill

    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.

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.