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Branch events and field trips

Please note that details of Highland Branch events and field trips are now also being posted on our 'In Your Area' pages at http://butterfly-conservation.org/313/highlands-and-islands-branch.html

Please scroll down for field trip reports from previous years.

Field trips and events for 2018

These are listed below in chronological order. There will be additional events, the details of which had not yet been finalised.


If you are not on our e-mail list and would like to be added, please contact Audrey Turner, Branch Membership Secretary, unicorn64@btinternet.com


If you have any ideas for future field trips or other events please contact Pete Moore, Events Organiser, tonuptwitcher@gmail.com  If you would like a field trip to take place in your local area, get in touch and we’ll see what we can organise.


Please note that these events are open to both BC members and non-members.


Car sharing. For environmental and social reasons it would be good if people car shared when attending events. If you are travelling by car and happy to give someone else a lift or if you would like a lift to an event, please contact the event leader beforehand and they will try to match people up.

2018 events at a glance – Click the name for full details

Day Date Description
Saturday 10th March Glen Orrin, near Muir of Ord - Scrub clearance work party
Saturday 24th March Kilmorack, near Beauly - Micro-moth Workshop *Booking essential*
Sunday 20th May Glen Orrin, near Muir of Ord - Field Trip for Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Sat or Sun 26th or 27th May Abriachan Forest Trust - Field Trip for butterflies  *****PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE*****
Tuesday 29th May Fort William - Recording and monitoring Lochaber's butterflies
Wednesday 30th May Fort William - Moth Morning
Sunday 3rd June Allt Mhuic, Loch Arkaig near Spean Bridge - Open day, moth traps, butterfly walk and a BBQ
Sunday 17th June Sluggan Bridge, near Carrbridge - Field Trip for Small Blue butterfly
Thursday 21 June Mull's Butterflies and Burnet Moths - Workshop to record and monitor Butterflies and Burnet moths on Mull ******Extra Event******
Saturday 23rd June Insh Marshes, near Kingussie - Moth traps and butterfly walk
Sunday 24th June Anagach Woods, Grantown-on-Spey - Moths and butterflies of Anagach Woods
Sunday 1st July Struie Hill, near Alness - Field Trip for butterflies
Sunday 15th July Landmark, Carrbridge - Landmark Adventure Park moths
Saturday 21st July Fort William - Moth Morning
Saturday 15th September Polmaily, near Drumnadrochit - Habitat management work party for Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Reports of previous field trips and events


Glen Orrin, near Muir of Ord - Scrub Clearance Work Party

Kilmorack, near Beauly - Micro Moth Workshop

Abriachan Forest Trust - Field Trip For Butterflies


Glen Affric:  Bog Squad Ditch Damming Work Party

Glen Orrin, near Muir of Ord:  Scrub Clearance Work Party

Landmark Carrbridge: Behind the scenes at the Butterfly House

Scottish School of Forestry Open Day at Inverness College

Glen Orrin, near Muir of Ord: Pearl-bordered Fritillary Field Trip

Polmaily, near Drumnadrochit: PBF and Dingy Skipper Field Trip

Ardersier Common: Small Blue and Dingy Skipper Field Trip

Tomintoul: Moth Trapping Event

River Averon, near Alness: Butterfly Walk

Culbin Bar: Kidney Vetch Survey

RSPB Insh Marshes:  Moth Mania at the Marshes DBB Event

Kingussie: Seed Collecting Workshop

Polmaily near Drumnadrochit: Scrub Clearance Work Party



Glen Orrin, near Muir of Ord, Scrub Bashing


Kiltarlity, Moth trapping for Barred Tooth-striped


Glen Orrin, near Muir of Ord, Field Trip


Polmaily, near Drumnadrochit, Field Trip


Glenfeshie Field Trip


Fort Augustus Moth Trapping


Nevis Range Butterfly Walk


Nevis Range Butterflies 2nd attempt


Culbin Forest Kentish Glory Larval Search


Tomintoul Moths


Cromdale Butterfly Walk


Speyside Centre Moths


Kiltarlity Moth Trapping Part 2


Polmaily, near Drumnadrochit, Scrub Clearance


Glen Orrin, near Muir of Ord, Scrub Bashing 21st March 2015


Glen Orrin, near Muir of Ord, Field Trip for Pearl-bordered Fritillary 17th May 2015


Dundreggan Field Trip for Moths and Butterflies 20th June 2015


Glenmarksie, near Contin, Field Trip for Small & Pearl-bordered Fritillary 23rd May 2015


Rosemarkie Field Trip for Northern Brown Argus 11th July 2015


Gearrchoille Woodland, Ardgay Moth ID Event 18th July 2015


Grantown on Spey Field Trip for Northern Brown Argus 18th July 2015


Loch Garten Moths, Abernethy Forest RSPB Reserve 11th & 12th September 2015


Drummuir Moths, 18th & 19th September 2015



Lynwilg, Allt na Criche path, near Aviemore 17th May 2014

Silverdale Weekend 23rd to 26th May 2014

Isle of Carna 13th & 14th of June 2014

Glenborrodale RSPB Reserve, 15th of June 2014

Lochaline for Blomer's Rivulet, 22nd of June 2014

Balintore & Shandwick 2nd of July 2014

Moth Night at Spinningdale 5th of July 2014

Mountain Ringlet at Meall Liath 15th of July 2014

Rosemarkie 20th of July 2014

Moth Mania 26th of July 2014


Introduction to Moths Workshop – Kilchoan, Ardnamurchan, 20th April 2013

Culbin Forest Moth Trapping for Kentish Glory, 5th May 2013 (PDF file)

Allt Mhuic Reserve, for Chequered Skipper, 2nd June 2013 (PDF file)

Field trip to Isle of Mull, June 14th - 16th 2013

Pine-tree Lappet survey at Kiltarlity, 21st June 2013, list of species trapped (PDF file)

Loch Fleet, near Golspie, 14th July 2013

Rogart Quarry, 3rd August 2013 (PDF file)

Moth Night, Loch Fleet, 10th August 2013 (PDF file)

Learning Lepidoptera, Beinn Eighe, 10th August 2013 (PDF file)

Moth Morning & Butterfly Walk, Insh Marshes, 10th August 2013

Lairg, for Slender-striped Rufous, 22nd September 2013 (PDF file)


Introduction to Moths and Moth Trapping – Strontian, Ardnamurchan, 24th March 2012

Mid-week Moth Trapping at RSPB Insh Marshes NNR, 11th April 2012

Culbin Forest evening moth trapping for Kentish Glory and other moths, 4th May 2012

Lynwilg nr Aviemore, Allt na Criche path - Target Species: Pearl-Bordered Fritillary, 19th May 2012

Logie Quarry, Kildary for Small Blue Butterflies, 10th June 2012

Glengorm, Isle of Mull: Target Species: Marsh Fritillary, Transparent Burnet & Slender Scotch Burnet, 16th June 2012

Moth Night at Spinningdale, Sutherland, 23rd June 2012

Mid-week moths and butterflies at RSPB Insh Marshes NNR, 25th July 2012

Moth identification workshop at Aigas Field Centre, 1st September 2012

Cotoneaster control, Kilninian, Mull to benefit Slender Scotch Burnet moth, (anytime between 10.30am and 5pm) A.K.A Extreme gardening! 22nd and 23rd September 2012 (PDF file)

Lairg, Target species Slender-striped Rufous, 27th September 2012


Field trip to Sluggan, Carrbridge, for Rannoch Sprawler, 2nd April 2011

Field trip to Polmailly Woods, Glenurquhart, 1st June 2011

Field trip to Ardnamurchan Peninsula in search of Chequered Skipper, 4th June, 2011

Field trip to Craigellachie NNR, near Aviemore, 11th June 2011

Flowerdale Moths and Butterflies (Wild About Gairloch Week event), 23rd June 2011

Field trip to Creag Meagaidh NNR for Mountain Ringlet, 3rd July 2011

Field trip to Dundreggan Estate, Invermoriston, 9th July 2011

Field trip to Insh Marshes for Northern Brown Argus, 12th July 2011

Micro Moth Workshop at Aigas Field Centre, 16th July 2011

Field trip to Insh Marshes for Dark Bordered Beauty moth, 24th July 2011

Loch Fleet NNR Family Open Day, 6th August 2011


Field trip to Glen Feshie on 5th June 2010

Field trip to Insh Marshes NNR on 21 July 2010


Field trip to Culbin Forest, Moray, 16th May 2009


Moth identification workshop at Aigas Field Centre, 15th March 2008

Moth caterpillar identification workshop at Aigas Field Centre, 25th May 2008

Field trip to Corrimony RSPB Reserve, Glen Urquhart, 31st May 2008

Field trip to Insh Marshes RSPB Reserve, near Kingussie, 28th June 2008

Field trip to Loch Fleet NNR, SE Sutherland, 20th July 2008

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