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.
Butterfly Conservation's local branches in Scotland are:
Help us with our Priority Species work!
As part of Butterfly Conservation's 2021-2026 strategy, we are focusing efforts our priority species efforts on 27 butterfly and moths in Scotland. Find out more on how you can help on our Scottish Priority Species pages.
Get involved in the Wild Spaces Perth and Stirling Project!
Help us make the cities of Perth and Stirling into hotspots for butterflies, moths and other wildlife! This new project is kicking off in January 2023, and we need volunteers to help us plant new urban woodlands and meadows to help these insects. If you're interested, contact Project Officer Alice Kenny on @email
We have enjoyed excellent long-term support from NatureScot for our conservation activities in Scotland.
Species to look out for
Projects & Surveys
Learn about our successful project to conserve the butterflies and moths of lowland bogs in central Scotland
Helping Hands for Butterflies
Our Helping Hands for Butterflies project ended in October 2022, but all the resources are still online here. There'll you'll find videos and guides to help you identify and record the butterflies of Scotland, Wildflower Identification courses, and guides to create new wildflower meadows.
Munching Caterpillars Scotland This project helped primary schools to encourage butterflies, moths and caterpillars to their school grounds. In the process we aimed to enthuse the next generation of conservationists to get active for wildlife. Find fun information and resources for your family/class or youth group.
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
Find out about how to get involved with our Priority Species work
MSP Nature Champions
Learn about the MSPs who are championing the cause of some of our most threatened butterflies and moths
Publications and videos
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.
Videos of our online events
Since 2021 we have been recording our online events, including our Spring and Autumn Supporters' Gatherings. Watch them all here!
Butterfly Identification and Recording videos
Learn how to identify the butterflies of Scotland, and get invovled in our recording work.
By leaving a gift in your Will, you’ll ensure your legacy can contribute to a solution to the climate crisis, creating an environment that nurtures butterflies and moths for future generations to enjoy.
Leading wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation is celebrating the discovery of a new breeding group of rare White-spotted Sable moth near Canterbury.
Dr Emily Dennis discusses the headlines from the latest State of Nature report, including the latest data on butterflies and moths.
A new study, led by the University of Northumbria and involving Butterfly Conservation, has carried out the first nationwide assessment of the combined impacts of long-term land-use and climatic change on species distributions. Lead researcher, Dr Andy Suggitt, explains how a new map of land-use change for Great Britain helped improve our understanding of how species respond to multiple threats.
Wednesday 6th March 2024, 7:30pm-9:00pm
Kincraig Church Hall
Talk by Dr Tom Prescott, Head of Conservation (Scotland), on the Butterflies and Moths in the Cairngorms National Park
Saturday 13th April 2024, 10:00am-2:00pm
Green Drive Hall, Inverness
The annual get together with talks, plant swap stall and 2nd-hand wildlife book stall.
Thursday 7th March 2024
Little Airds Hill, Balcary
Join the Species on the Edge Solway team to help clear gorse to protect a colony of Northern Brown Argus.
There are many ways in which you can get involved in our work:
- Create and pledge a Wild Space
- Join our Bog Squad to help restore our precious peatlands
- Get involved with our Priority Species work
- Helping with our local branches work
- Send us your butterfly and moth records
- Write to your MSP to tell them about our work and ask them to support our efforts for a greener, cleaner Scotland
In your area
Our Scottish office is currently closed and our team are homeworking.
Please contact us via:
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01786 447753