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:
Species to look out for
Projects & Surveys
Small Copper 2020 Survey
Small Copper butterflies have declined by more than a third in Scotland over the past decade. If you see any, send us your sighting and help us understand how this beautiful little butterfly is doing.
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.
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.
Please be aware that Manor Yard at Lulworth is now open on a limited basis. All other offices remained closed.
The warm spring weather, capped by the UK’s sunniest May since records began, has led to the early emergence of many butterfly species.
Appeal to public in Scotland to help spot the UK's smallest butterfly
Wildlife lovers across Scotland are being asked to look out for the Small Copper butterfly this summer, amidst fears it could be struggling.
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.