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Many people appreciate Britain’s butterfly fauna and are aware
of some of the threats faced by our native species. However, possibly
because of their largely nocturnal habits, the general public is often
unaware of how attractive and threatened some moths are. Bats are
similarly misunderstood and unjustifiably feared, perhaps because
they are not often seen at close quarters.
A public event is an ideal way of raising the profile of moths
and bats, and NMN 2010 provides a particularly rich opportunity
for public event organisers as the combined focus offers much of
interest for attendees. Previous NMN events have often involved
the use of bat detectors in addition to moth traps, and this is
indeed a winning formula.
If you are organising a public moth event and would like to find
someone with bat knowledge to assist please make contact with your
local bat group, who may be able to help. A list of local bat groups
can be found here.
Similarly, organisers of events with a bat focus may contact County
Moth Recorders, Butterfly
Conservation Branches or local
moth groups to ask for advice on finding a suitable
person to bring moth knowledge to their event.
Leaflets about bats, moths and NMN are available from
Wiffen, Butterfly Conservation, Manor Yard, East
Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QP or 01929 406009.
The weather conditions are key to the success of any public event,
as cold, clear and windy conditions will reduce the number of moths
and bats on the wing. Rain is not necessarily a bad thing if it
is not too heavy. However, event organisers may like to consider
alternative activities, such as slide shows, discussion of moth
recording techniques/equipment, and other nocturnal wildlife, in
the event of adverse weather conditions.
If you are organising an event and would like it to be
listed on this website please complete the online
form. We would be pleased to hear feedback about
public events from organisers (e.g. how many people took part) and
receive photographs for inclusion on this website, or for publication
in the account which will be published by Atropos. Please contact
For details of public events in your area click on the
relevant part of the map.
Please note that many of the events are organised by individuals,
groups or organisations independent of Atropos, Butterfly Conservation
and Bat Conservation Trust. We cannot accept any responsibilities
or liabilities arising from NMN.