Two events target moths in September.
Both take place at Beach Road Nature Reserve, Whitehead starting on Friday 11th September at dusk for a guided moth hunt (event 7pm-8pm). Then again the next morning moth enthusiasts can meet to discover what mysterious moths have been caught in the moth traps overnight (event 9am-10am).
There are over 2,500 species of moth in the UK and although not as showy as butterflies, moths are just as beautiful and equally interesting. This is part of a UK-wide initiative to support moths and moth recording.
The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Billy Ashe, is backing the initiative
and encouraging the public to get involved: “By passing on sightings (records) you
can provide vital resources to aid nature conservation – your records can really make a difference. So come along to our marvellous moth events on 11th & 12th September to learn more and help us record species.”
Catherine Bertrand of Butterfly Conservation NI explained why moths are so important: “Moths are numerous and widespread, living in a wide range of habitats. They are a major part of our biodiversity and play vital roles in the ecosystem. Both adult moths and their caterpillars are food for a wide variety of wildlife, including other insects, spiders, frogs, toads, lizards, shrews, hedgehogs, and birds.”
Catherine continued: “Over 60 species of moth became extinct in Britain during the twentieth century and many others are threatened. In addition, we have very little information on how hundreds of other moth species are faring. We cannot conserve moths, or any other wildlife, unless we know where they are and it is important to prioritise action for those moth species that are most threatened.”
Anyone who would like to record moths at home instead, can visit http://www.mothnight.info/www/ for more information and to upload results.