National Moth Recording Scheme

Moths are sensitive indicators of the health of the natural environment and a vital part of the food chain.

Of the 900 macro-moths that occur in Britain and Ireland, many appear to have undergone drastic declines in both abundance and range within the last 50 years. A tremendous amount of moth recording takes place across Britain and Ireland, probably more so than any other European country.

Butterfly Conservation established the National Moth Recording Scheme (NMRS), with the support of County Moth Recorders, the moth recording community and many partner organisations. The NMRS covers the 900+ species of macro-moths in the UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands. The aim is to monitor the current distribution of each moth species and the change in distribution over time, and to make use of the records for conservation, education and research.

Last updated: 17 August 2017