The magazine for the modern naturalist About Contact Back issues Shop Help Subscribe

"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement"

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist

From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 32.3 December 2020

Mapping moths: the first atlas of Britain & Ireland’s larger moths

By - Nigel Bourn, Mark Parsons, Richard Fox, Zoë Randle, Les Evans-Hill, Emily Dennis

The publication of the Atlas of Britain & Ireland’s Larger Moths was a mammoth achievement, collating millions of macro-moth records and shedding light on the changes in species distribution and abundance over recent decades. Here, the authors highlight some of the key findings that came out of this work, and discuss the potential drivers of these changes.

In 2019, Butterfly Conservation in partnership with MothsIreland published the Atlas of Britain & Ireland’s Larger Moths, combining records from Butterfly Conservation’s National Moth Recording Scheme (NMRS) and the MothsIreland dataset. This landmark publication, the first atlas of all larger moth species in Britain, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, is testament to the efforts of the moth-recording community, who contributed a staggering 25.6 million macro-moth records of 893 species, spanning 275 years, from the earliest record of Kentish Glory Endromis versi­colora, in 1741, to the end of 2016.

Buy this issue Subscribe now

"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist