Easy Butterfly Surveys

This glorious weather has brought the butterflies out and what a beautiful sight it is.  We  recently joined Anthony McCluskey from Butterfly Conservation Scotland for a fascinating insight into butterflies.

Did you know only the male orange-tip butterflies have the bright orange tipped wings? Both have the beautiful green patterns on the underside of their wings.

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We visited the North Inch to see the wildflower meadows while Anthony explained how simple it is to record urban butterflies. You choose an urban Greenspace, visit it three times through the spring and summer and report your findings to Butterfly Conservation Scotland using your smart phone or the website. All you need is a sunny day, a simple id guide and a picnic!butterfly one

If you would like to record butterflies as part of the Urban Butterfly Survey, visit the iRecord website – https://www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/join/urban-butterfly-survey

There are lots of events happening in the Butterfly Conservation Scotland East Branch area this summer, and you can see them all here; https://butterfly-conservation.org/244/events.html?uf_Class=EastScotland

You can also help by planting pollinator friendly plants and herbs in your garden or window boxes.



Verging on the Ranunculus

Trimmed to 6 inches once or twice per year and we’re left with a mower’s-width strip of plain, ordinary, everyday, common-or-garden grass stretching for miles and miles along our roadsides, whether in the country or in town.

But leave this strip to grow for a while and we begin to see that the grass is neither plain nor ordinary, but is made up of foxtails, bents and cat’s-tails, timothy, wild-oats and bromes, spires and plumes, wisps and spikes, grasses of all sorts, tufted, tall or waving in the wind!

Early in the year we see our roadside verges brilliantly lit up with the sunshine yellow of dandelions, soon followed by hosts of dandelion ghosts as they set their clocks to produce seed. Yet, leave it a little while longer and we’ll begin to see vetch and primrose, celandine, scabious and cow parsley, then red clover, bluebells, campions and cuckoo flowers. Later still, poppies, yarrow, teasels and honeysuckle appear, and of course buttercups and daisies in their many, many forms.

Beetles, bees, butterflies and moths as well as hoverflies, sawflies and spiders of many kinds all find their refuge in these verges. In fact I’m told that they have wonderful names like the marmalade hoverfly, the orange-tip butterfly, the froghopper and the buff-tailed bumble bee.

Our good friends at the Tay Landscape Partnership have recently launched a campaign which is aimed at managing your favourite roadside verges for the protection of wildlife. To take part in this great initiative, take a wander over to http://www.taylp.org/are-you-a-road-verge-champion/ where you can nominate particular verges which capture your eye, photographs more than welcome!

Spread the word and spread the wildflowers!


Road Verge Champions poster

Natural Art – School Holiday Activity

Greenspace Ranger Susan Whyte was naturally creative with children from Crieff on Wednesday in MacRosty Park.

All you need for this activity is imagination!  It is free, it can be done in the garden, when out on a walk, playing in the park, or during one of our volunteer sessions..  We do ask that you please take your materials from the ground and not straight off plants / trees.  

Butterfly and flower

Butterfly and Flower

Bunny Rabbit @ MacRosty Park Natural Art day

Bunny Rabbit

House and garden

House and Garden

We would love to see the natural art you create this summer.

Share your photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram tagging Perth and Kinross Council, and using #inspiredbynature

Alternatively email your photos for sharing to communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk

Or join us at MacRosty Park, Highland Fling on 15th August to take part in the park

It’s starting to seem a lot like summer!

As the days are heating up, insects and birds are starting to return after hiding or migrating for winter.

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This Peacock Butterfly was seen at the well at Scotlandwell in Kinross-shire. Have you seen any where you live? What else have you seen? Let us know in the comments or the share page!

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Some colour appearing at the well!