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Moths Count news and progress

Moths Count is a complex and ambitious project that heralds the dawn of a new era for moth recording and conservation. Much has been achieved since the official start of the project in September 2006.

A National Moth Recording Scheme has been set up and has already amassed an incredible 16 million moth records from over 5000 volunteer recorders.

The Provisional Atlas of the UK's Larger Moths has been published making use of the data gathered by the National Moth Recording Scheme.

1700 people benefited from free Moths Count training events during 2007-2010. Many were introductory courses, but others focussed on threatened moths, caterpillars, identification of difficult species, software and publicity.

A network of volunteer, expert County Moth Recorders has been established to form the backbone of the National Moth Recording Scheme.

Over 2000 members of the public had their first experience of moths and moth recording at Public Moth Events across the UK from 2007-2009.

Over 3000 people have taken part in citizen science surveys, such as Garden Moths Count and Moth Night.

Thirteen national moth recorders' conferences have been held in UK countries, as well as numerous local meetings and public events.

High-profile publicity has been achieved, promoting moths and moth recording to millions of people via national television, radio, newspapers and magazines.

Informative leaflets, factsheets, fliers and newsletters have been produced and distributed. Many of these are available on the More Information page.

A Difficult Species Guide has been published to help with the identification of dozens of difficult moth species.

Recent Moths Count updates and annual newsletters can be found here.