Taking Part

Whilst butterflies are widely loved and appreciated, moths often have rather negative associations with the public as a result of their largely nocturnal lifestyle, which means that people are often unaware of their beauty. In fact some moth species rival the beauty of our native butterflies in the complexity and colour of their wing markings, and have such evocative names as True Lover’s Knot, Drinker, Emperor, July Highflier, to name but a few.

The aims of Moth Night is to introduce moths to a new audience and to encourage their study. You can take part in Moth Night in any way you choose. This might involve running a moth-trap in your garden or in the countryside, looking for moths at your kitchen window or at blossom, attending or organising a public event, or travelling further afield to search for unusual species.

Moth Night is a great opportunity to raise awareness about moths, so why not get family and friends involved in whatever you do? Moth recording is a very sociable activity and can be combined with other activities such as nocturnal bat walks and morning events where moth-traps are inspected and the catch from the night is examined.

We would like to hear about what you have seen and we ask you to send us your data using the online recording form, so that this information may be included in the national dataset, which adds to our understanding of moths and their distribution

We are interested in the adult life stage only. Records of the immature life stages e.g. larval, pupal, leafmines, exuviae etc., are not required.

What could I see?

Below are just some of the moths that could you could see during Moth Night this year:

From left to right: Angleshades; Barred Sallow; Frosted Orange; Green-brindled Crescent; Pale Pinion; Silver Y and Palpia vitrealis. 

Images courtesy of Paul Hill

Please take the time to read our FAQs further down this page for further information on how to contribute to Moth Night and common questions asked.


MapMate Users

We accept MapMate SQZ 'sync' files via the MapMate Web Sever or as an attachment via email. The Moth Night 2017 Export Filter is available (Patch 492) to download from the MapMate User Zone.

The MapMate CUK to sync your data to is 6b0.

To send your MapMate Sync file as an email attachment, click here

How to manually create the Moth Night 2017 MapMate Filter:

  • Open MapMate
  • From the top menu, click Data Entry
  • From the menu, either select Records, Add New... OR press Ctrl+N
  • Click Filters then select OK
  • In the Class dialogue, type Records
  • In the Name dialogue, type Moth Night 2017
  • In the SQL dialogue, copy and paste the following:
SELECT Records.* 
FROM (Records 
INNER JOIN [Taxa\Filter] ON Records.[*Taxon] = [Taxa\Filter].[_guk]) 
INNER JOIN [Sites\Filter] ON Records.[*Site] = [Sites\Filter].[_guk] 
WHERE Records.Date BETWEEN 43020 AND 43022
  • Save the new filter. Refer to MapMate Help for further details about using data sync and filters.

FAQs

Having problems or issues with our online recording system? If you experience problems with our online recording system having already read our Taking Part page and followed the online instructions, or have other issues with our online recording system, please click here to send a detailed email describing your problem or issue and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

Tablet users: In order to use the online recording system, your tablet's predictive text function must be turned off.

What information do I need to gather and submit to Moth Night?

I want to take part in Moth Night but I don't have access to the Internet

I run multiple traps at a single site, how should I record these?

How do I submit my records to Moth Night?

Can I add, edit or delete records once I have submitted my records?

I took part, but didn't record any moths?

Duplicate records - how to avoid them!

What happens to my records?

I am a County Moth Recorder and I am concerned online recording bypasses the established County Moth Recorder network!

The online recording form doesn't work with my Internet browser?

When is the deadline for data submission?

What information do I need to gather and submit to Moth Night?

You will need to submit separate forms if you record over more than one night and/or location. However, if you have for example multiple moth traps in a single 1km square on a given night, recorders may wish to consider amalgamating data for these moth traps as a single list of species for that 1km square location. This will negate the need to submit multiple forms for each moth trap on a given night.

PLEASE READ ALL OF THE HELP NOTES ON EACH OF THE RECORDING FORM TABS.

The first tab Your Event requires you to:

  1. choose a date for your event (required).
  2. tick whether or not your event was an advertised Public Event.
  3. give the number of participants.

Select the Your Location tab.

The second tab Your Location requires you to:

  1. choose your Country (required).
  2. enter a Place Name (required).
  3. select your recording location using either an Ordnance Survey grid reference OR search for a place on the map (required).

Select the Your Sightings tab.

The third tab Your Sightings requires you to:

  1. list your species sightings and record attribute details one line at a time (required)

You can if you wish use * as a wildcard in any part of a species name to save time entering the complete name.

When you Add another record the form remembers the Recorder, Determiner, Method and Stage.

Select either Your Weather (optional) or Your Consent to submit your data.

The fifth tab Your Consent requires you to consent to your records being used in accordance with our Privacy Statement and give opportunity for you to make any comments. Records are saved on pressing the Submit button.

Please note, your records will NOT be saved if you do not explicitly submit them using the Submit button via the Your Consent tab.

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I want to take part in Moth Night but I don't have access to the Internet

We acknowledge that not all moth recorders have or indeed want Internet access and realise this may preclude some recorders from taking part in Moth Night. In exceptional circumstances we are willing to accept a limited amount of hard copy data from recorders who genuinely have no other means of submitting records but we reserve the right to refuse hard copy data or electronic data not submitted via our online recording system from recorders who do have internet access. Please send your hard copy data to Moth Night, Butterfly Conservation, Manor Yard, East Lulworth, Dorset BH20 5QP.

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I run multiple traps at a single site, how should I record these?

Most recorders run a single trap; however, some recorders use multiple traps at a single site, recording each trap separately and as such each trap represents a single site. If you run multiple traps, we respectfully request you amalgamate your data as follows for Moth Night:

  • If you run multiple traps within a single site and your spread of traps are contained in the same recorded 100 metre square, please amalgamate your data to that 100 metre square.
  • If you run multiple traps within a single site and your spread of traps cover more than one recorded 100 metre square within a single 1km square, please amalgamate your data to the recorded 1km square.
  • If you run multiple traps within a single site and your spread of traps cover more than one recorded 100 metre square and more than one 1km square, please amalgamate your data to the appropriate recorded 1km squares.

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How do I submit my records to Moth Night?

Submission of all records is via our online recording system via the "Submit your records here" link located on the right-hand side of this page or via a MapMate Sync file to CUK 6b0. If you have previously submitted data to Moth Night using the online recording system, just login and start to enter your data.

If you have not previously submitted data you will need to create a new account: After selecting the "Submit..." link, select the "create a new account" link and complete the form - please ensure you supply a valid email address and that you are able to receive emails. You will then be forwarded your new account details via email which includes your new login ID and a default password. If you have not received an email within 10 - 15 minutes, please check your Junk Email or Spam inboxes as the email with your login details may have been redirected by either your Internet Service Provider or your email client software. If problems persist trying to register, please email enquiries@mothnight.info with details of the problem.

You are strongly advised to change your new password once you have logged in for the first time by selecting My Account from the footer-menu.

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Can I add, edit or delete records once I have submitted my records?

If, once you have entered and submitted your records (by clicking the Submit button on the Your Consent page), you wish to make changes to your records, you can do so at any time right up to the data submission deadline. Simply click the "Submit your records here" link, login and select Edit Records from the footer-menu at the bottom of the web page. Then select under the Action heading the Edit link that is adjacent to any record purporting to the date and site (recording session) of interest. You will be taken directly to Your Records for that recording session. You can then:

  • add new species records - click in the empty bottom left-hand dialogue box in the grid, then type the new species name and add record attributes details as before - this also makes available the Add Another button if you wish to add more than one additional record.
  • edit existing species records by overwriting the appropriate record attribute. Please note you cannot edit the species name, you must delete the record and add a new record.
  • delete records by clicking the X to the left of the appropriate record.
  • edit any other data under each of the other tabs before saving your records for that recording session in the Your Consent section.

Note: If you have recorded multiple sites on a single day, ensure you check the Your Location Tab for the correct site before editing a list!

Remember, you can perform all of these tasks right up to the data submission deadline!

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I took part, but didn't record any moths?

In the unlikely event that you caught no moths (zero abundance), please email enquiries@mothnight.info with details of your location; we would still like to know to help us get a fuller picture of Moth Night participation.

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Duplicate records - how to avoid them!

All moth recorders like to maintain their own records; however, with recording events such as Moth Night, groups of moth recorders may submit multiple copies of the same data which not only duplicates effort and data, it increases the incidence of data error during validation.

To avoid the duplication of data, especially where more than one moth recorder is present at a meeting or event, please appoint a single recorder to submit records to Moth Night.

Duplication of data also commonly occurs when recorders forward their data to both Moth Night and their County Recorder and the County Recorder in good faith, sends duplicate data as part of a collated county dataset to Moth Night. County Recorders may wish to collate data from their recorders during the Moth Night data submission process for local newsletters and reports. However, to avoid forwarding duplicate data to Moth Night, County Recorders are respectfully requested not to forward their recorders' data along with their own data before the deadline!

It is assumed all data received before the data submission deadline are unverified. As with all previous [National] Moth Nights, County Recorders are given the opportunity to verify Moth Night data for inclusion into their county datasets after the data submission deadline.

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What happens to my records?

The records from participants across the country will enter the national database for future use by researchers and in publications. A summary of the data will also be published online. If you take any photographs of activities or species recorded during Moth Night please e-mail to the Atropos Editor for possible publication in Atropos or in a future update of this website.

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I am a County Moth Recorder and I am concerned online recording bypasses the established County Moth Recorder network!

Moth Night and Butterfly Conservation supports the established County Moth Recorder network. Online recording does not bypass the County Moth Recorder network at any stage of the process. All County Moth Recorders, immediately after the data submission deadline, are forwarded all relevant data received by Moth Night for verification and inclusion their into local datasets as they see fit. We appreciate there may be some data duplication which will be minimal. We do kindly request County Moth Recorders, upon verifying these data, to advise us of any changes required of the data for our reporting.

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The online recording form doesn't work with my Internet browser?

Our online recording system has been thoroughly tested for compatibility across all of the popular Internet browsers i.e Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome etc. However, we cannot guarantee complete compatibility across all Internet browsers, versions and variants thereof.

In the unlikely event you experience problems with the online recording system, please email the address at the top of this page with a description of the problem along with the Internet browser software and version.

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When is the deadline for data submission?

The deadline for data submission for Moth Night 2017 is to be announced.

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Last updated: 16 August 2017