Moths are sensitive indicators
of the health of the natural environment and a vital part of the
Of the 900 macro-moths that occur in Britain and Ireland, many appear
to have undergone drastic declines
in both abundance and range within the last 50 years. Unfortunately
an accurate assessment of their conservation status is impossible
as there is no comprehensive national dataset. A tremendous amount
of moth recording takes place across Britain and Ireland, probably
more so than any other European country. Whilst the current network
of county moth recorders do a very valuable job in collecting records
at the county level, there is no integrated system that harnesses
all this information for a common purpose.
Butterfly Conservation has established a new National Moth Recording
Scheme (NMRS), with the support of the moth recording community
and many partner organisations. The NMRS covers the 900+ species
of macro-moths in the UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands. The aim
is to establish the current distribution of each moth species and
the change in distribution over time, and to make use of the records
for conservation, education and research. Since 2007, nearly 8 million
sightings have been collated via a network of County Moth Recorders.
Anyone can take part, so please visit www.mothscount.org
for more information.