Large Heath (Coenonympha tullia)
During 2014 there has been much survey work on lowland peatlands in the Central Belt, as part of the Bog Squad's work, and also through support from Forestry Commission Scotland. Large Heath was recorded for the first time on three SSSI for the first time.
New species monitoring transects are running on Wester Moss () and Flanders Moss NNR ().
The Bog Squad has been carrying out much work on central bog peatlands, most of which have the Large Heath (more info at ).
Aileen Campbell is MSP Species Champion for the Large Heath ().
Surveys in the Central Belt will continue in 2015. Contact us if you would like to help.
The Bog Squad has renewed funding until March 2016, so if you want to help bog flora and fauna and lock up carbon contact us!
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Chequered Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon)
Computer modelling undertaken by Dr Stuart Ball JNCC (Joint Nature Conservation Committee) predicted that the Chequered Skipper was under-recorded in Scotland by 20% at a 10km resolution and by as much as 80% at a 1km resolution.
A survey based on Stuart’s modelling was promoted in 2012-14 encouraging surveyors to look for the butterfly in the top 100 1km squares predicted by the modelling to have the most suitable habitat but where the butterfly had not been recorded. Over the three years Chequered Skipper was recorded in 104 new 1km squares comprising 32 in the top 100 and 72 additional new squares. This has increased the known range of the butterfly at a 1km resolution by almost 42%.
Since 2012, in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland, we have been increasing monitoring of Chequered Skipper to enable a robust national trend to be calculated for the butterfly on the National Forest Estate (NFE), as well as compare its performance between NFE land and non NFE land. The target was to monitor a minimum of twenty sites annually in order to detect changes over relatively short periods of time (five years). Over the three years Chequered Skipper was monitored at between 29-34 sites across the butterfly’s range, using a combination of contractors and Butterfly Conservation Scotland volunteers.
In partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland management advice has been given at a number of sites in recent years directly to landowners and/or their woodland agents. This has included populations on designated sites e.g. at Glasdrum and Doire Donn as well as those in the wider landscape e.g. Glensanda.
The surveying of Chequered Skipper in targeted 1km squares really captured the imagination of our recorders. However, despite the three year survey ending in 2014, there are many surveyors keen to continue to find the butterfly in further new 1km squares in 2015 and beyond.
The increased monitoring outlined above will continue in 2015 and hopefully beyond.
The partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland to provide advice to woodland owners and agents to enhance Chequered Skipper habitat and populations will continue.
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