Volunteer Event: Large Heath Butterfly Survey at Dalmellington Moss – Saturday 22nd June

Help CEI carry out a Large Heath butterfly survey at SWT Dalmellington Moss, near Dalmellington.

Joint Event with the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Butterfly Conservation. We’ll meet at SWT Dalmellington Moss at 10:30 for a 10:45 start on Saturday 22nd June. We will be carrying out a Large Heath timed count using the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS) guidelines. Our records will help improve national population monitoring for this important bog indicator species. Survey training will be provided and we’ll also try out other invertebrate survey techniques including ‘FIT’ Counts of pollinators, BugVac sapling, Sweep netting and bog pool sampling. All records will be passed to the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation and appropriate National Recording schemes.

Please dress appropriately for warm weather, apply sunscreen, bring lots of water, some lunch and possibly a sun hat too! The ground will probably be quite dry so walking boots will probably be fine as long as you don’t step in a ditch! Nets, pots and ID guides will be provided, but if you have your own, that could be useful.

There is limited parking at the site, so we may need to coordinate lift-sharing from Dalmellington.

Please contact Scott on 07766185987 or via scott.shanks@ea-cei.org.uk for more information or to register your attendance at the event. * NOTE: This event is weather dependent and may need to be rescheduled at short notice.

Large Heath © Tom Wilson
Large Heath © Tom Wilson