moths are great! (Julie Stoneman)

Why record moths


Why record moths?

People have been studying and recording moths in the UK for centuries. Today, as in the past, the main motivation is personal enjoyment. Moths are amazing, beautiful, diverse, and they are all around us. However, by passing on sightings (records) a fun pastime can also provide vital resources to underpin nature conservation.

There is a clear need for urgent conservation action. Over 60 species of moth became extinct in Britain during the twentieth century and many others are threatened. In addition, recent research published in The State of Britain's Larger Moths report has highlighted some alarming declines among many common moths. On the other hand, we have very little information on how hundreds of other larger moths are faring.

Emperor Moth (Robert Thompson)We cannot conserve moths, or any other wildlife, unless we know where they are. Furthermore, it is important to prioritise action for those moth species that are most threatened.

How can you help conserve these important and fascinating creatures? What can an individual do in the face of massive losses of moths? Recording is the foundation for protecting these beautiful animals. Simply by noting down your observations of moths and passing your 'records' onto our recording schemes, you can make a real contribution to their conservation across the UK. Find out how to record moths here.

Moth records are vital for conservation and are used for:

  • Conserving moths and their habitats at local and national levels
  • Raising awareness of the importance of moths
  • Identifying species in decline and priorities for action
  • Improving knowledge of species' ecology and status
  • Research into the causes of change, including climate change
  • Indicating the fortunes of other wildlife
  • Assessing the impact of environmental policies
  • Developing and implementing better Government policies

We need your help to record and conserve the UK's wonderful moths.