News › Where have Britain’s moths gone?
20 February 2006
A new report reveals that the moth population of Britain is in serious decline, causing concern for the future of many species of birds, bats and bugs that feed on them. The report, compiled by UK charity Butterfly Conservation, uses data collected by Rothamsted Research's nationwide network of moth light-traps.
The light traps have been collecting data for nearly forty years. They are run by volunteers and sited in all sorts of habitats including coastland, upland moor, woodland and private gardens. Ian Woiwod, of Rothamsted Research in Harpenden, says “These long-running data are unique and have highlighted a very serious ecological issue – the decline of common insects.”
Related links› Lawes Agricultural Trust - Rothamsted Insect Survey
› The UK Light Trap Network
› Insect Population Genetics and Ecology
Contacts› Jason Chapman and Philip Gould
Notes to Editors› The report, entitled The State of Britain’s Larger Moths, was funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk) and compiled by the UK charity Butterfly Conservation (www.butterfly-conservation.org).
› The report will be featured in an edition of BBC Radio Four’s Nature series at 9.00pm on Monday, February 20th
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