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Your records

Please keep your butterfly and moth records and send them in to the relevant Recorder as soon as convenient. If you collect a lot of records send them in monthly or by arrangement with the Recorder. Every record counts, even the more common species as they can be valuable indicators of change.

If possible, please include information about:

  • the species
  • numbers seen
  • stage (eg adult, egg, larva, pupa)
  • place (preferably a name from the OS Map)
  • Grid Reference (please include if you can)
  • description of habitat type
  • date
  • your name and address.

If you could submit your records on a spreadsheet, that would be really useful (though not essential).

Butterfly records

Looking for Small Blues at Dornoch

Please send your butterfly records to:

Highland and Moray

Dr David Barbour
74 Blarmore Avenue


Western Isles

Steve Duffield
7 Carinish
North Uist
Western Isles, HS6 5HL

Tel: 01870 620 241
Mob: 07867 555 971

Email: steveduffield@hebrides.net


Sydney Gauld
Work Road
St Ola
KW15 1UF

Tel: 01856 872 468

Email: orklander45@gmail.com


Paul Harvey
Shetland Biological Record Centre Shetland Amenity Trust
Lerwick, ZE1 0NY
Email: paul@shetlandamenity.org

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Moth records


Vice-County recorders may query records from recorders, particularly inexperienced trappers. Please do not be offended by this. It is very important that records on the central database are accurate and we are anxious to avoid unverified records of certain difficult species being entered. Many species are common and easy to identify, but many can only be identified by genitalia examination. Between these two extremes are moths whose identification may be tricky, and records from experienced observers may be accepted more easily than those from the new moth trapper.

With this in mind we have provided a checklist (pdf file) showing the level of record required for each species of macro moth in the Highlands and giving an indication of which records are likely to be queried.

Please send your moth records to the appropriate Vice-County Moth Recorder, whose contact details can be found below.

Please visit the Moths Count website for more information about the National Moth Recording Scheme (opens in new window).

County Moth Recorders in the Branch area

VC 94 Banffshire Roy Leverton, Whitewells, Ordiquhill, Cornhill, Banffshire, AB45 2HS.
E-mail: roy345@btinternet.com
VC 95 Moray Michael Taylor, Allasdale, Kinchurdy Road, Boat of Garten, Inverness-shire, PH24 3BP.
E-mail: mst.taylor@btinternet.com, Tel 01479 831060.
VC 96 East Inverness-shire Michael Taylor, Allasdale, Kinchurdy Road, Boat of Garten, Inverness-shire, PH24 3BP.
E-mail: mst.taylor@btinternet.com, Tel 01479 831060.
VC 97 West Inverness-shire Tom Prescott, Mill House, Mill Road, Kingussie, Inverness-shire, PH21 1LF.
E-mail: tprescott@butterfly-conservation.org
VC 104 North Ebudes Skye: Dr Keith Sadler, Seascape, 2 Portnalong, Carbost, Isle of Skye, IV47 8SL.
E-mail: sadlerkeith2@gmail.com Tel: 01478 640477
Small Isles: Jessie Mackay, Fionchra, Carsfad, St John's Town of Dalry, Castle Douglas, DG7 3SU. E-mail: mackay@entomology.freeserve.co.uk, Tel: 01644 430248.
VC 105 West Ross Barry Blake, An Cro, 38 Lonemore, Gairloch, IV21 2DA
E-mail: bfb01@hotmail.co.uk  Tel: 01445 712075
VC 106 East Ross
Margaret Currie and Andy Scott, 7 Balnatua, Culbokie, Dingwall, Ross-shire, IV7 8JQ
E-mail: moths.vc106@btinternet.com, Tel: 01349 877223
VC 107 East Sutherland Brigid Primrose, 24 Fairmuir Road, Muir of Ord, Ross & Cromarty, IV6 7 TB
E-mail: vc107.moths@gmail.com  Tel: 01463 871907
VC 108 West Sutherland Graham Crittenden, 55 Melvich KW14 7YJ
E-mail: graham5561@btinternet.com Tel: 01641 531278
VC 109 Caithness

Neil Money, Heathfield House, Dunnet, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 8XP.
Email: neil@heathfield99.plus.com , Tel: 01847 851346

VC 110 Outer Hebrides Steve Duffield, 5 Drimsdale, South Uist, Western Isles, HS8 5RT.
E-mail: steveduffield@hebrides.net, Tel: 01870 620241 (h), 07867 555971 (m).
VC 111 Orkney Islands Sydney Gauld, Quoyberstane, Work Road, St Ola, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1UF.
E-mail: orklander45@gmail.com, Tel: 01856 872468.
VC 112 Shetland Islands Paul Harvey, Shetland Biological Record Centre, Shetland Amenity Trust, Garthspool, Lerwick, ZE1 0NY, Email: sbrc@shetlandamenity.org

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Fair Isle: Nick Riddiford, Schoolton, Fair Isle, Shetland, ZE2 9JU.
E-mail: nick.riddiford@lineone.net, Tel: 01595 760250.
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