Organised by Atropos and Butterfly Conservation, in association with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, it is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the wonderful world of moths. Enthusiasts across the UK will be lighting their lamps, recording moths and organising public events. This year, the daytime element is perfect for seeing day-flying moths and moth caterpillars on guided walks, in addition to the usual moth trapping evenings.
The special focus this year is on brownfield sites. Under-recorded and often unappreciated, brownfield sites, such as old quarries, disused railway lines,gravel pits and spoil tips, are wildlife havens. As well as supporting many widespread moth species, they are important in the conservation of some specialist moths (e.g. Wormwood, Striped Lychnis and Four-spotted), as well as in the spread of colonising species such as Small Ranunculus and Toadflax Brocade.