Butterfly Conservation – National Moth Recording Scheme

Launched in 2007, the National Moth Recording Scheme (NMRS) brings together sightings (records) of all macro-moths (larger moths) across the UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands. It is hoped that, in time, full ‘Britain and Ireland’ distributions will be available for all species. The new scheme covers some 900 species, with thousands of active recorders, and has the potential to generate an enormous dataset of distribution records to benefit nature conservation, public understanding and ecological research. Moths Count aims to encourage interest in moths throughout the UK and to run the National Moth Recording Scheme to improve knowledge and conservation of the 900+ species of larger moths.

Coastal, Farmland, Grassland, Heathland, Towns and Gardens, Plantation and orchard, Upland, Wetland, streams and rivers, Woodland
UK wide and Isle of Man and Channel Island
UK wide and Isle of Man and Channel Island
Butterfly Conservation
Funding body:
Butterfly Conservation
How to take part:
Sightings can be submitted all year

How to get involved

Taking part in the National Moth Recording Scheme is simple and everyone is welcome. Any larger (macro-) moth that you see, whether you are moth trapping on a Scottish mountain or relaxing in your garden, can be recorded and submitted to form part of this important scheme.

Step 1: spot and identify your moth.
Step 2: write down the essential details to make a record.
Step 3: send the record to the appropriate County Moth Recorder. The County Moth Recorder may contact you to check aspects of the record, for example, if it is of an unusual species.

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