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.
In the UK, since 1976, the habitat specialists butterflies index has fallen by 77%, whilst wider countryside abundance is down by 46%.
Wildlife lovers across Scotland’s towns and cities are being asked to look out for the country’s only widespread blue butterfly this summer, amidst fears it could be struggling.
An increasing number of new moth species are arriving and settling in the UK as a result of the global reach of the horticultural trade and the changing climate, moth experts today revealed.
Wildlife lovers are being asked to help Scotland’s smallest butterfly, which has found itself in big trouble.
Thursday 19th July 2018, 10.00pm-late
Drum Castle, near Drumoak
Join the NTS Rangers and local moth experts Nick Littlewood & Rose Toney for an evening's moth trapping.
Friday 20th July 2018, 10.00am-3.00pm
Drum Castle, near Drumoak
Calling all nature hunters! Drum Castle is delighted to be hosting this year's Bioblitz event on our Estate!
Saturday 21st July 2018, 10am-12pm
Claggan Road, Fort William
Join Butterfly Conservation Scotland and Nevis Landscape Partnership to find out more about the fascinating and wonderful world of moths. We will be checking the contents of moth traps set locally the night before...
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.