Species on the Edge National Launch - 3 June 2023

Join us as we celebrate the national launch of Species on the Edge!

Where: Logie Quarry by Tain. Arrive at the old entrance to the disused Logie Quarry. Grid Ref: NH 7739 7613, What3words: drives.issued.parkland.

When: Saturday 3 June, 10am-3pm.

What: A free family fun-day. The day will kick off with an introduction to the programme. The Species on the Edge team will then be offering an assortment of activities including moth trapping, butterfly hunts, stone painting, learning about survey techniques, exploring the unique site, and more!

What to bring: Just yourself, your friends and family, and a packed lunch. Tea, coffee, juice, and a selection of home baking will be provided.


Species on the Edge is a new bold and ambitious partnership programme of NatureScot and seven conservation charities, all dedicated to improving the fortunes of 37 priority species found along Scotland's coast and islands. Programme activity is spread over seven project areas: the Inner Hebrides and Argyll; Solway; East Coast; North Coast; Orkney; Shetland; and the Outer Hebrides.

Funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the partnership consists of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, The Bat Conservation Trust, Buglife, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation, NatureScot, Plantlife and RSPB Scotland.

Species on the Edge will be running for the next four years and we are excited to be officially launching the programme on 3 June!

The launch is taking place in our East Coast project area where Butterfly Conservation will be leading Species on the Edge activity. The launch event will be rounding off Butterfly Conservation’s ‘Small Blue Week’; a week of events celebrating the small blue butterfly – the UK’s smallest butterfly and one of our 37 target species.

The event also marks the 30th anniversary of the Highland Branch of Butterfly Conservation.

So come along to learn more about Species on the Edge, to take part in an action-packed day of fun activities, and to learn how you can get involved over the next four years. We hope to see you there!

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How to get there

If travelling north up the A9 from Alness/Invergordon, turn left off the A9 about one milenorth of Kildary. The quarry entrance is about one-third of a mile along the minor road.

If travelling south from Tain, turn right off the A9 one and a quarter miles after the turn-off to Arabella and Nigg.