Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (underwing) - Iain Leach

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. 

Online learning course: Wildflowers for butterflies

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

Take part in this course to learn to recognise the wildflowers most used by butterflies, moths and other insects. The course will run online with five live lessons delivered over Zoom between January and the end of March 2021. Each lesson will cover a different habitat where butterflies can be found. All lessons will be recorded and uploaded to youtube so you don't need to commit to attending each class. There will also be downloadable notes so you can read up on the wildflowers.

Click here to register for this course.

Online learning course: Butterfly identification, gardening for butterflies, and recording butterflies

Here you will find all of our resources to help you learn how to identify and record butterflies, and to help them in your garden. If you want to register for this course with more information, please email Anthony on .

Videos: Project Officer Anthony has created three narrated presentations which have been uploaded to Youtube and which you can view by clicking here. Those videos include an introduction to butterflies and the life cycles, butterfly identification and butterfly recording.

Google Classroom: A Google Classroom has been set up to collect all of this information. Google Classroom requires you to have a Google Account (many people will have one if they have an Android Device). But if you don't have a Google Account you can still access all of the information (see below).

To access the Google Classroom, either go online here and login to your google account, or download the free Google Classroom app. After signing in, you then enter the code: dzaqrrl . This is a unique code for this class. After joining, you should the go to the classwork section, where you will see various learning topics on butterflies.

Downloadable materials: If you do not have a Google account, you can download pdfs of the lessons here. Click the link at the bottom of this page to download the first lesson, which is on butterfly identification. Future lessons will include information on recording butterflies and gardening for them.

Butterfly ID Quiz: after reading the material and viewing the videos, you can take part in the optional quiz. This quiz just gives you a chance to test your skills and learn more. The link to the quiz is here.

I will be in touch again when more content is released.

Ongoing work

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, Kirkintlloch and Lennoxtown. Volunteers will be involved through the sowing and management of these meadows throughout the three years.

Project Funders

National Lottery Heritage Fund

Scottish Natural Heritage


Anthony McCluskey, Project Officer,