Moth Night


We are pleased to announce that the 20th Moth Night will take place between 26th and 28th September 2019.  The themes for the event will be Clifden Nonpareil and Migrants, and of course it will be an opportunity to celebrate the 20th Moth Night since the launch of the event in 1998. 

Clifden Nonpareil (c) Bob Eades

Public events are an excellent way to share the fascination of moths; if you are organising an event you can have it featured on this site by entering the details here.

Moth Night is normally held in the warmest months; each event will last for three consecutive nights (Thursday – Saturday) and will take place on different date periods every year. You can participate on any one or more of these days or nights. 

In 2018, we awarded several prizes to participants.  Details of these can be found here.  We are currently finalising prizes for 2019 and will post details on this page.

Organised by Atropos, Butterfly Conservation and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Moth Night is the annual celebration of moth recording throughout Britain and Ireland by moth recording enthusiasts with local public events aimed at raising awareness of moths among the general public.

Atropos originally founded Moth Night in 1998.  Atropos is the UK journal for butterfly, moth and dragonfly enthusiasts. It is published three times a year, with an annual Migration Review. This website is a resource for visitors to find out about latest sightings, how to get involved in recording in their local area and to share information with other enthusiasts. If you would like to subscribe to the journal you can do so by clicking here.  AtroposBooks offer a wide range of books on butterflies, moths, dragonflies and other invertebrates.

Butterfly Conservation are the UK's leading charity devoted to the conservation of butterflies and moths, and their habitats.  They run the National Moth Recording Scheme.

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is a world-class research organisation focusing on land and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere.  They manage a range of long-term environmental monitoring sites and networks across the UK.

Participants are not required to comply with the theme and are encouraged to do their own thing.

In association with the Biological Records Centre at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, we have designed an easy-to-use Indicia-based online recording system available from the first day of the event until the deadline for data entry.

If you have any queries with respect to Moth Night, please email

Banner image of Clifden Nonpareil (c) Mark Parsons