The Small Blue is a rare butterfly and a priority species, which has suffered severe declines in recent decades. The Tayside Biodiversity Partnerships and Butterfly Conservation are currently trying to assess the status of the Small Blue
in Angus. We are working with them to see what we can do to attract the Small Blue to East Haven and also help with some of the surveying on the coast.
The Small Blue has been found at many sites on the Angus coast from Buddon Ness
to Kinnaber North of Montrose. You can find our more about this rare butterfly in some of our fact sheets which can be downloaded at the end of this page. When flying, the delicate wings of the Small Blue create a shimmering spinning coin effect. Normally,
the butterfly is only seen in mid May and throughout June but in Angus it has been noticed that we have a probable second brood flying in July and August. Areas at the coast where there are few or no recent records unfortunately include East Haven to Elliot,
Gaylet Pot to Auchmithie and from Red Head all the way North to Kinnaber. However, we hope to do something to change this and will be planting Kidney Vetch which the Small Blue feeds on.
You can participate by reporting sightings of Small
Blue adults, eggs or the caterpillar. You can also report any Kidney Vetch that you come across as this is a useful indicator of potentially suitable habitat. Try and get a good grid reference for anything you report, preferably using a GPS, and a photo of
any quality would definitely help. Negative results should also be reported.
More information on likely sites to visit and participating in the survey is available from David Lampard who is also the person to report your sightings to. e-mail:
For more information about the Small Blue and to see the regional action plan for butterflies and moths in Angus download the documents below.