Small Blue (Cupido minimus)

Recent activity

Surveys

There has been on-going survey work in Aberdeenshire, Angus and Berwickshire.

Monitoring

Long-term transect monitoring takes place at Spey Bay.

Habitat management

Ayrshire re-introduction project

An attempted introduction took place in 2013. No adults were seen in 2014.

Future Plans

Surveys

Suverys in Aberdeenshire, Angus and Berwickshire will continue in 2015.

Habitat management

Angus, on a privately-owned estate if permission is obtained

Ayrshire re-introduction project

This will continue in 2015 with a further release of adults

Links for more information

Scottish Branch links

North East Biodiversity Partnership

http://www.nesbiodiversity.org.uk/projects/small-blue-butterfly-project

UK information

http://butterfly-conservation.org/679-779/small-blue.html

 

 


 

Northern Brown Argus - Mark Searle

Northern Brown Argus (Aricia artaxerxces)

Recent activity

Surveys

Targeted survey activity has primarily been focussed in the Borders. 

Monitoring

Until recently Northern Brown Argus was monitored at eight sites in Scotland, however, a further seventeen sites are required to enable more accurate trends in the Scottish Northern Brown Argus population to be calculated.  New monitoring was established as part of Site Condition Monitoring in 2013 at Inchrory and Creag nan Gamhain SSSIs (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) and eight timed egg counts established at Forestry Commission Scotland’s Allean Forest in 2014.

A fire damaged Kincraig Point, possibly the best site in Fife, in 2014. Volunteers will be closely monitoring the site in 2015.

Habitat management

Stock grazing is being introduced at Forestry Commission Scotland’s Allean Forest to benefit the butterfly.  There are concerns that a number of colonies in the Borders are threatened by inappropriate woodland schemes. 

Future Plans

Surveys and Monitoring

It is hoped to increase the monitoring of Northern Brown Argus in Scotland with the aim of trying to reach the target of 25 sites.  Monitoring at Forestry Commission Scotland’s Allean Forest will continue through Butterfly Conservation Scotland volunteers and it is hoped to recruit a volunteer to repeat the monitoring undertaken on the Inchrory and Creag nan Gamhain SSSIs.

Habitat management

Butterfly Conservation Scotland’s Highland Branch are currently liaising with Highland Council Rangers and a local landowner to undertake scrub clearance on a coastal site to benefit Northern Brown Argus on the Black Isle. 

Links for more information

Butterfly Conservation UK

Northern Brown Argus