Citizen Science and Surveys: Invertebrates

peacock butterfly (image: Ed van Duijin on unsplash)

Invertebrates: beetles and butterflies, minibeasts, invasive (problem) insect identification and sightings


Opportunities to help with research either by carrying out fieldwork or by recording your sightings.
If you are interested in helping with any of the surveys detailed below please contact the website or person listed.

Survey Organisers: 50 word listings are free, submit your details here.

Noble Chafer Beetle Survey

People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and Royal Holloway University of London have joined forces to launch a new national beetle survey, in order to conserve the beautiful but threatened noble chafer beetle. To find out more information and to take part in the survey, contact Deborah on:

RHS Cellar Slug Survey

Our survey asks members of the public to submit records of Yellow Cellar Slug and Green Cellar Slug in UK gardens, along with information about your garden so we can establish any links between habitat features and where these species occur. See the website for full details

The Northern February red stonefly

is found only in Scottish rivers. Buglife need your help to map which rivers it lives in. It’s easy to get involved! Look for them on fence posts, take a picture and email us with your name, date, river name and grid reference of location! For further information look at the website or telephone 01786 447504

Dragonfly surveys

Help the BDS track the distribution and health of Dragonfly populations across the UK. The BDS runs a number of Dragonfly recording projects, suitable for both experienced recorders and beginners, ranging for single species surveys to site monitoring. Find out more on the BDS website:

Have you seen a Leopard Slug in south-east or central Scotland?

If so, please let us know! The Leopard Slug (Limax maximus) is native to our region, but is under-recorded. Help us fill in the dots on our map by submitting your sightings to us. Photos would be appreciated to help us confirm sightings.

Butterfly Conservation

 has raised awareness of the drastic decline in butterflies and moths, and created widespread acceptance that action needs to be taken. Through our conservation work, we have also begun to reverse the decline of several of our most threatened species. See how you can get involved at

The Pollinator Monitoring and Research Partnership (PMRP)

aims to establish how insect pollinator populations are changing across Great Britain. Two new large-scale surveys are running under the UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme banner (PoMS) – read on to find out how you can take part and help us track changes in pollinator numbers.

Great Stag Hunt

Stag beetle sightings – let us know where you’ve spotted a stag beetle via the Great Stag Hunt! Sightings are key to finding out where populations are thriving, in need of help, or non-existent.

Scottish Spider Search

We need your help to find out more about 4 easily identified spiders in Scotland! Find out how to take part on The Wildlife Information Centre’s website. The survey is part-funded by Scottish Natural Heritage and is supported by the British Arachnological Society, Caledonian Conservation Ltd. and Buglife Scotland.

Migrant Watch

The Painted Lady butterfly and Humming-bird Hawk-moth are arriving from Africa and becoming increasingly common in the UK. To find out just how common, we need your help. Butterfly Conservation is running a project to map the arrival, spread and departure of migrant insects online.

Oak processionary moth (OPM)

National Moth Recording Scheme

Run by Butterfly Conservation the NMRS is the UK recording scheme for all moth species (micros and macros). Sightings should be submitted to the appropriate County Recorder or via the NMRS online recording system

The Garden Butterfly Survey

allows you to record and report the butterflies that visit your garden over the course of a year. Create a free account, submit your sightings and help us learn more about how butterflies are faring in UK gardens. Please tell us what is fluttering behind your fence and help us to monitor garden butterfly populations.

Nest Quest

Buglife is calling upon YOU to join the race to find Scotland’s largest and smallest Wood Ant nests! In Scotland, we have two species of Wood Ant, the Hairy wood ant (Formica lugubris) and the Scottish wood ant (Formica aquilonia).

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust runs a nationwide bumblebee-monitoring project, BeeWalk.

The scheme involves walking a self-set route once a month March - October, identifying the bumblebees you see and recording them online. Anyone can get involved, though the better your bumblebee ID the better!