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.

Our Scottish Conservation Strategy identifies 106 priority species (10 butterflies, 55 micro-moths and 41 macro-moths) that will be the focus of our conservation effort over the coming years.

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

Look for leaf-mining moths this autumn

Many species of tiny moth called 'leaf-minining moths' have caterpillars that live inside leaves. They eat their way through the leaves making patterns that can often be used to identify the species. Click the link below to download our guide to spotting the six easiest leaf-mining moth species in Scotland.

Leaf-miner moth guide
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Leaf-miner moth guide

Create Wildflower Meadows

Our Helping Hands for Butterflies Project will continue work to create meadows in parks in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Blantyre, Hamilton and Lennoxtown this autumn and winter. To find out more visit the project page or contact Project Officer Anthony McCluskey on amccluskey@butterfly-conservation.org


Projects & Surveys

Helping Hands for Butterflies
Anyone can get involved in our work to conserve butterflies and moths. Through Helping Hands for Butterflies we want to show people all over Scotland that they can volunteer to help our work in conserving butterflies and moths, whatever their skills and background.

Munching Caterpillars Scotland This 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!


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.


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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.

In your area

Contact office

Office Address

Our Scottish office is currently closed and our team are homeworking.

Please contact us via:

Butterfly Conservation 
Manor Yard
East Lulworth
BH20 5QP

Tel: 01786 447753 

Email: scotland@butterfly-conservation.org