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National Moth Night (NMN) is the UK’s annual celebration of moths and moth recording. Originally launched in 1999, the date varies each year to focus recording effort on different parts of the season. Atropos founded the event and it is now run jointly with Butterfly Conservation.

The theme of NMN 2010 is Moths and Bats, and we are pleased to be collaborating with the Bat Conservation Trust. We are encouraging participants to look out for bats in addition to moths, and to submit sightings of both. Much important local and national information about moths has been generated by previous National Moth Nights; amazingly, in 2008 a population of the White Prominent (a species that had not been seen in the British Isles for 70 years) was discovered in Ireland.

An important aim of the event is to raise the profile of these widely misunderstood nocturnal creatures. Public events take place around the country, which can be a great way of inspiring the public and stimulating people to take up a fascinating new interest.