Slender Scotch Burnet (Zygaena loti)

Recent activity

Surveys

An increase in fieldwork on Mull has shown that Slender Scotch Burnet is more widespread than previously thought with two large new populations found in the north of the island and the moth found to be more widespread on Ulva and the Ardmeanach peninsula.  

Monitoring

The moth is monitored annually by the National Trust for Scotland at The Burg, other populations are monitored by timed counts by Butterfly Conservation Scotland volunteers

Research

Dr Joe Burman at Canterbury Christ Church University has developed a pheromone for Slender Scotch Burnet moth to help aid survey and monitoring.  This has been successfully trailed in the field by Butterfly Conservation Scotland volunteers.

The XIV International Zygaenidae Symposium was held on Mull in September 2014 and attended by delegates from over ten countries.  It included field trips to meet and discuss management of the moth on-site with some of the colony owners.  

Habitat management

All occupied sites that are eligible and suitable are being managed specifically for the moth under SRDP.  A number of other sites on Mull with suitable/potential habitat are also being managed under SRDP.  Contact is also maintained with the owners of all occupied sites.

Cotoneaster clearance to benefit the moth at Kilninian has continued using a combination of contractors and local volunteers for a number of years.  The moth was rerecorded at the site in 2013 after an absence of three year

Future Plans

Surveys and Monitoring

Survey and monitoring of Slender Scotch Burnet is ongoing.  An amended pheromone lure, following results from 2014, will also continue to be trialed.

Habitat management

Cotoneaster clearance at Kilninian will continue in 2015 using a local contractor.  Another volunteer work party is being planned for the autumn.  It is hoped that a number of sites that are currently being managed to benefit the moth under Rural Priorities (SRDP) will be transferred to the new AECS scheme. 

Links for more information

Butterfly Conservation Scotland’s Learn About Scotland’s

New Forest Burnet (Zygaena viciae)

Recent activity

Monitoring

Adults monitored annually and vegetation approximately every three years at sole UK site by SNH with assistance from BCS volunteers.

Habitat management

On-site discussions held with landowner over introducing limited seasonal grazing to prevent the site becoming too rank and undertaking repairs to perimeter fence.

Future Plans

Surveys

Searches for new colonies being undertaken in 2015 by RSPB staff member on their sabbatical trialling pheromone lures developed by Dr Joe Burman at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Monitoring

Both adults and vegetation to be monitored in 2015 by SNH with assistance from BCS volunteers.

Habitat management

BCS volunteer work party planned for spring 2015 to repair perimeter fence, however, a landslide over the 2014/15 winter has removed a large section of fence so sections of new fence are to be installed by contractor who hopefully will also undertake the fence repairs.

Links for more information

Work on New Forest Burnet is Work overseen by the Burnet Study Group

Butterfly Conservation Scotland’s Learn About Scotland’s