On Thursday 22 July, Wildlife Monitoring Officer and Volunteer Manager, Andy Fale, found over 150 individual moths in the trap with over 30 species present. This was a record for the farm and shows that our conservation efforts are working.

Being nocturnal, moths are incredibly hard to monitor! A ‘trap’ contains a light which attracts them into a tube, where they are kept safe until the morning when they can be examined and released. The trap is also an excellent tool for our education and outreach events programme. 

Moth numbers are in decline. One report concludes that the number are down approximately 28% since 1968. This is cause for concern because moths are an indicator species and an important part of the ecosystem, telling us about the health of the environment. Moths are prevalent in a vast number of diff

erent habitats and are extremely sensitive to changes. Monitoring the numbers and ranges can identify changes in/to nature such as new farming practices, air pollution and climate change.

 Below is a selection of images of the moths found on the farm:

Rosy Footman

Drinker

Ruby Tiger

Beautiful Hook-tip

Garden Tiger

Dusky Sallow

Poplar Hawk-Moth

White Satin Moth

Black Arches

Barred Straw

Poplar Gray

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