Moth Night 2013, the annual celebration of moths and moth recording, takesplace on three days and nights,8-10 August 2013.
Organised by Atropos and Butterfly Conservation, in association with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, it is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the wonderful world of moths. Enthusiasts across the UK will be lighting their lamps, recording moths and organising public events. This year, the daytime element is perfect for seeing day-flying moths and moth caterpillars on guided walks, in addition to the usual moth trapping evenings.
The special focus this year is on Tiger moths, some of most colourful and exciting moths in the UK. In particular we want to gather records of the Garden Tiger and Jersey Tiger to learn more about the impacts of climate change. The Garden Tiger is in steep decline (92% decrease in its national population over 40 years), apparently in response to warmer, wetter winters, while, in contrast, the day-flying Jersey Tiger, is spreading in London and southern England, probably as a result of climate change. See if you can track down either of these amazing moths, or the lovely Ruby Tiger, and pass on your sightings.
You don't have to follow the Tiger moths theme, of course. Any sightings of moths are very important and will be most welcome. Discover how to get involved, submit your sightings and find out about events near you at www.mothnight.info
Future Moth Night events:
Moth Night 2014 will take place on 3rd-5th July 2014.