Through Helping Hands for Butterflies, we want to show people all over Scotland that they can volunteer to help our work in conserving butterflies and moths, whatever their skills and background.

There will be workshops to train new volunteers to identify and record butterflies in their local areas, helping us to understand how butterfly populations are changing with the climate and environment. And in some urban areas of central Scotland, we’ll be working to create beautiful new wildflower meadows in parks, and to look after the best places for butterflies. 

Helping Hands for Butterflies is generously funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, NatureScot and the AEB Charitable Trust.

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Online training resources

Female on Common Bird's-foot-trefoil - Tim Melling

If you haven't been able to take part in one of our butterfly identification and recording classes, you can now watch them all online!

Butterfly Identification and Recording: Click here to watch a playlist of three short videos that will introduce you to the butterflies of Scotland, and the methods used for recording them.

Wildflowers for butterflies and moths: Find out how to identify the wildflowers used by butterflies and other insects from five different habitats. Click here to watch the YouTube Playlist.

Discover Wildflower Meadows: Watch our relaxing film about the wildflowers and insects of meadows. Click here.

Downloadable materials: Factfiles about the various groups of butterflies in Scotland can downloaded from the bottom of this page.

Volunteer with us!

Work has already been started to create new wildflower meadows in parks in Glasgow (Ruchill, Elder and Springburn), Edinburgh (Silverknowes and Granton Crescent), Hamilton, Blantyre, Lennoxtown. Volunteers are needed to be involved through the sowing and management of these meadows throughout the three years. To find out how to volunteer at these meadows or take part in other volunteer activities, visit here.

Project Funders

National Lottery Heritage Fund

Scottish Natural Heritage


Anthony McCluskey, Project Officer,