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Posted: 6th May 2010
15th May 2010
National Moth Night - 15th May 2010.

National Moth Night 2010.

Saturday 15 May – Sculthorpe Moor Hawk & Owl Trust Reserve, Fakenham, Norfolk.

Meet 8.00 pm at the reserve Visitor Centre car park TF900305


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Butterfly Conservation Press release.


Shed light on the secret world of nocturnal wildlife
Have you ever wondered what a bat sounds like? Or wanted to learn more about which nocturnal creatures are wide awake whilst you are asleep? Join thousands of people on National Moth Night, 15 May, and learn more about two creatures in crisis – moths and bats.

Conservationists are appealing to residents of the East of England to help shed light on the secret world of these widely misunderstood creatures of the night.

Altogether there are 2,500 different types of moth found in this country but the last 40 years have seen numbers tumble by a third. This situation is not just bad for the moths themselves; it's also a problem for all the other wildlife that feed on them - such as bats. There are 17 species of bat in the UK, all of which are protected by law because their numbers have decreased so dramatically.

As predator and prey, bats and moths are locked into a fascinating evolutionary ‘arms race’. Some moths have evolved ‘ears’ to detect hunting bats and employ aerobatic evasive manoeuvres to avoid being caught. The tiger moths even make noises to deter or confuse bats. Nevertheless, bats are amazing hunters and many are highly-sophisticated predators of moths.

Jim Wheeler, local moth expert said: “National Moth Night is the annual celebration of moths, but it has a serious side too. Without moths, the whole of biodiversity starts to unravel. We need to learn as much as we can about which moths are facing the biggest problems so we can direct our work into protecting them and their habitats. That’s why we are appealing to the public to get involved and look for moths on their patch.”

“People who have not looked at the contents of a mothtrap before are usually amazed by the beauty of some of our native species, and May is a particularly colourful time of year with some spectacular species on the wing.”

National Moth Night is organised by Atropos, Butterfly Conservation and the Bat Conservation Trust. Try your hand with a bat detector and unveil the finds in a moth trap at one of the special National Moth Night events in your area. Or hold your own night-time safari in your garden and report back your discoveries.

To find out more about events near you and how to get involved visit

www.nationalmothnight.info/events/public.php

Phillip Briggs, a bat expert said “Bat walks are a great way to experience bats in their natural environment and to draw attention to the pressures they face from both changes in our countryside and in urban areas. We hope that this nationwide event will encourage more people to look out for bats in addition to moths, and to get involved in local and national recording schemes in their area.”

       
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