Many people appreciate Britain’s butterfly fauna and are aware of some of the threats faced by our native species. However, possibly because of their largely nocturnal habits, the general public is often unaware of how attractive and threatened some moths are.
A public event is an ideal way of raising the profile of moths, and a varied programme of events takes place across the UK, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man and Channel Islands on Moth Night.
The weather conditions are key to the success of any public event, as cold, clear and windy conditions will reduce the number of moths on the wing. Rain is not necessarily a bad thing if it is not too heavy.
However, event organisers may like to consider alternative activities, such as slide shows, discussion of moth recording techniques and equipment, and other nocturnal wildlife, in the event of adverse weather conditions.
If you are organising an event and would like it to be featured on this website please click here and complete the online form
We would be pleased to hear feedback about public events from organisers (e.g. how many people took part) and receive photographs for inclusion on this website, or for publication in the account which will be published by Atropos. Please contact
Moth trapping events take place in the dark and there are a few things that you may wish to consider bringing with you so that you have a safe and comfortable evening.
Please try to arrive at the advertised time, take care of your own personal safety and listen to the short introductory briefing by the event organiser, about any hazards in the area such as electric cables, slippery paths etc. Children are generally most welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian if under 16 but do check with the event organiser beforehand or if you have any other queries.
Disclaimer: Please note that public events are organised by individuals, groups or organisations independent of Atropos and Butterfly Conservation. Atropos and Butterfly Conservation cannot accept any responsibilities or liabilities arising from Moth Night.