Branch Butterfly Recording

Butterfly Identification

Identification and suggested sites guides for North East ScotlandLothian and Borders and also Tayside and Fife have been created and can be downloaded from these links of images.

If you have seen a butterfly and have a picture to share or for identification help then please register youself and post it on our Butterfly Sightings forum.

Butterfly Records

Butterfly records should be sent in as soon as possible, so that we can update our database. Every record counts, even the more common species as they can be valuable indicators of change. The preferred method is by sending in the Butterfly Casual Record Sheet. However, if you have only recorded one or two butterflies they can be submitted directly from this page or, if you don't have access to Microsoft Excel for the spreadsheet using a document which can be emailed or posted.

Getting involved in Butterfly Surveys is particularly valuable.  Please take a look at the Surveys page on this site.

If possible, please include information about:

  • the species
  • numbers seen
  • stage (eg adult, egg, caterpillar, pupa)
  • description of site or locality, if possible using Ordnance Survey map reference
  • description of habitat type
  • date
  • your name, email and postal address.

Butterfly Casual Record Sheet

If you are a regular recorder in  East Scotland (including the Lothians, Falkirk, Clackmannanshire, Perth and Kinross, Fife, Angus, Banffshire and Aberdeenshire) then please use this submission form for your records:

Butterfly Record Sheet
Click a link below - you will be prompted for a location where you wish to save the file.
Butterfly Casual Record Sheet (XLS) 57KB

Please send your spreadsheet of records to the Recorder for the Branch Area as shown in the table at the bottom of this page.

Individual Records

If you don't regularly see butterflies or are a visitor to the area and you'd like to send in a record then please complete the form below and then click on the "Send these records" button.

Basic Information

Your name*

  Save name and address details

Your email address*


Your postal address


Site Information

Observation date*




Observation area*


Grid Reference


Habitat description**




Species records


Species name*


Number(s) seen*




*Required fields

By submitting information on this form I agree that it may be collated and disseminated manually or electronically, including via the Internet, for conservation, environmental decision-making, education, research and other public benefit uses in accordance with Butterfly Conservation’s data access policy. Names and contact details of recorders will be used for administration and verification purposes only. Your contact details will not be passed to other parties without your consent, whilst your name will form part of the record that is collated and disseminated in accordance with Butterfly Conservation’s privacy policy


Butterfly Record Document

If you don't have access to Microsoft Excel then please download and use the following document:

Butterfly Record Sheet
Click a link below - you will be prompted for a location where you wish to save the file.
Adobe Acrobat format (PDF) 69KB
Microsoft Word format (DOC) 130KB
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Please send your butterfly records for the respective branch area to the recorder shown in the table below.  To see the whole email address click on the partially concealed address and enter the captcha image's code.  In case problems please use the website feedback form to request the address.

Branch area




Postal address

Aberdeenshire , including City of Aberdeen  North East Scotland Biological Records Centre (contact is Glenn Roberts)

Please use Butterfly Recorder Contact Form

01224 664164 NESBReC, Specialist Services Team, Aberdeenshire Council, Woodhill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen, AB16 5GB
Angus and Perthshire Glyn Edwards

Please use Butterfly Recorder Contact Form

01259 752094 2 Park Avenue, Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire FK13 6BW
Fife and Clackmannanshire Elspeth Christie & Gillian Fyfe

Please use Butterfly Recorder Contact Form

07867  422910 Brightwater House, Lucklawhill, Balmullo, St Andrews, Fife KY16 0BQ
Lothians and Falkirk Simon Metcalfe

Please use Butterfly Recorder Contact Form

07715 420867 1F2, 3 Craighouse Park, Edinburgh, EH10 5LB
Borders Iain Cowe

Please use Butterfly Recorder Contact Form

01890 818314
07775 747838
6 Lammerview, Chirnside, Berwickshire TD11 3UW
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