Welcome

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.

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

  • Scottish Small Blue Week: Big boost for Small Blue

    Scotland’s smallest butterfly has experienced a boost in numbers for the first time in a decade! Nature enthusiasts across Scotland are being asked to look for the Small Blue this summer, so experts can monitor its progress and ensure conservation work is targeting the right areas.

    People are also being asked to get involved in Small Blue Butterfly Week, which runs from Saturday 1 June until Sunday 9 June.

  • Major study reveals 46% decline in moth abundance

    Moth numbers have declined over the last 25 years in Scotland while their distribution has increased, a report has revealed. 

  • Butterflies bounce back in heatwave summer

    UK butterflies bounced back in 2018 following a string of poor years, thanks in part to last year’s heatwave summer, a study has revealed.

  • 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.

Catch up on all our news

Events

See all our upcoming 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.