“Perthshire’s threatened Butterflies and Moths”

Anthony McCluskey, Conservation Manager, Butterfly Conservation, Scotland

Wednesday, 6th March in the Sandeman Room of the AK Bell Library

Since joining the Butterfly Conservation, Anthony McCluskey has thrown himself into the task, taking active measures to create the right conditions to encourage our Butterflies and Moths. Lovely looking insects, our gardens, meadows and woodlands wouldn’t be the same without them. How well do we know them and how threatened are they?

The Section AGM and Member’s Night

Wednesday, 20th March, 7:30pm in The Sandeman Room of the AK Bell Library

Support the Section and our committee, come along and tell us what you would like to see happen at our future meetings, and consider joining the committee.

Our Member’s Night is the opportunity for anyone to tell us something about what they have been doing or discovered. Have you had an interesting time somewhere, away in the wilds or close to home? Is there an interest of your own that hasn’t been covered in this year’s programme that you could talk about?


“Perthshire Local Biodiversity Sites”

Wednesday, 28th February in the Sandeman Room of the AK Bell Library

With Robert Wills, PKC

There is a Tayside Biodiversity Action Plan, thoroughly detailed, which makes it a somewhat daunting document to read. We know our biodiversity is not in good order and somehow we must rise to the challenge of improving this state of affairs. What are the plans for a remedy? Local Biodiversity sites are found from the River Tay to the high hills.

The Winter Programme in brief

Winter Talks Programme 2023 – 24

In the Sandeman Room, AK Bell Library, Perth, Wednesdays at 7.30pm


January 10th,           “The Isle of May Uncovered,”

                                  Work and life on the island, research to puffins and everything in between. And what you can see during the year.

David Steel, Nature Reserve Manager, NatureScot

January 31st,           “My first year as BSBI Scotland Officer”

                                  The role, botanical highlights of the year, the Plant   Atlas promotion and a look to the future of the BSBI in Scotland

Matt Harding, BSBI Scotland Office

February 28th,          “Perthshire Local Biodiversity sites, projects progress and their place in planning,”

Robert Wills, PKC

March 6th,               “Perthshire’s threatened Butterflies and Moths,”

Anthony McCluskey, Conservation Manager, Butterfly Conservation, Scotland

March 20th,              AGM and Member’s Night

“My First Year as BSBI Scotland Officer,’ with Matt Harding, Scotland Officer

 7:30 pm on Wednesday 31st January

Matt Harding, Scotland Officer for the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI), will talk about his first year in this unique role, share some botanical highlights, discuss the BSBI’s Plant Atlas 2020, and look ahead to the future of the BSBI in Scotland.

A whirlwind first year took Matt from Unst to Teesdale, and from village halls to the Scottish Parliament, taking in both distinguished botanical hotspots such as Ben Lawers and Keen of Hamar, and, perhaps, lesser-known delights such as Dollar Glen with us, the Nature Section. Matt will discuss the varied nature of his role supporting botanical recorders across Scotland, promoting botanical skills training, organising events, and even botanising from time to time! 2023 also saw the publication of the BSBI’s Plant Atlas 2020, the most in-depth survey of the British and Irish flora ever undertaken and the product of 20 years of dedication and hard work by botanists across Britain and Ireland. Matt will share the concerning findings of this remarkable project and discuss the role Plant Atlas 2020 can play in helping to address the biodiversity crisis we are facing.

Matt basking in the glow of Diapensia, Diapensia lapponica, at its only British site above Glenfinnan.

2019 November Talk

“Black Devon Wetlands, RSPB Reserve,” Alison Leonard, RSPB

A introduction to the development of this site and the variety of wildlife to found. A visit to view the site was promptly arranged, but failed to take place, a casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic.

1875 Mountain Club founded

With the object of exploring the Perthshire hills, and climbing to a summit every year, the group were active until the beginning of the First World War, and appear to have fallen into abeyance thereafter. Amongst the office bearers of the club were the Cairn Master, the Quaich Bearer and the Geometer. The Club was open to members who had ascended to 3000ft, so it was a custom that new members were initiated into the club on a summit where the quaich would be used for the toasts and libations.  The quaich carries the name, ‘Perthshire Mountain Club” and the motto, “Salix Herbacea Floreat” (“Let the Least Willow Flourish”) around the rim. The Geometer is inscribed “PSNS (Mountain Club) PERTH.” Would it be used to measure the mountain, or, possibly, to record the pressure to relate to the weather, and also for recording the altitude for specimens found?