Large Heath - Tim Melling

This initiative was launched by Scottish Environment LINK in 2013 – the Year of Natural Scotland – and invited all Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) to choose species that they will champion.

All of the species are are affected by one or more human impacts, such as habitat loss, climate change or pollution, and MSP ‘Species Champions’ are able to learn at first-hand exactly how these issues affect their adopted species from one of the Scottish Environment LINK member organisations. They can then work together to provide a brighter future for these species, spread that knowledge throughout Scotland’s political community and shape policy to promote and secure biodiversity. For more information on the initiative, go to

Aileen Campell MSP (Species Champion for the Large Heath) launched our Bog Squad project in April 2014 at Langlands Moss LNR, a peatland site in her constituency.

Claudia Beamish MSP travelled down to see the habitat of her species, the Forester moth, at our Mabie Forest nature reserve near Dumfries.

We are looking forward to working with our MSPs to improve the fortunes of these and our other species.




Clare Adamson Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Claudia Beamish Forester Moth
Kate Forbes Chequered Skipper
Richard Lyle Common Blue
Aileen Campbell Large Heath
Elaine Smith Small Copper
Jenny Marra Northern Brown Argus
Rona MacKay Garden Tiger
vacant Kentish Glory
vacant Marsh Fritillary
vacant Dark Bordered Beauty
John Scott Grayling
Ross Greer Small Blue
vacant Slender Scotch Burnet