Helping Hands for Butterflies was a three-year project that ended in October 2022 and engaged with over 700 people. It was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, NatureScot and AEB Charitable Trust. This page contains all of the reources developed through the project, and the project summary.

Online training resources


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

Much of the project ran during the Covid-19 Pandemic, so there were dozens of online training courses.

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.

Wildflower Meadow Creation and Maintenance: Click here to see a video with four different presentations on meadow creation and maintenance. This includes presentations on; urban meadows from the Project Officer Anthony McCluskey; the Nectar Network project in Ayrshire, from Lynne Bates (Scottish Wildlife Trust); Road Verge Management (Dr Phil Sterling, Butterfly Conservation); and The On The Verge Project in Stirling (Leigh Biaggi).

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

Project Report. Click the link below to download the project report and find out more about its successes and challenges

Helping Hands for Butterflies report

.Project Funders

National Lottery Heritage Fund


AEB Charitable Trust


Anthony McCluskey, Project Officer, [email protected]