The last time that National Moth Night was held in August was the year 2001. That event was also
held on 11 August, which offers an opportunity to make some interesting comparisons. A total of 682
species was recorded at 389 sites around Britain and Ireland on NMN 2001.
Can this total be beaten in 2007? Participants throughout the British Isles are encouraged to record the moths in their chosen location and the results are pooled into Britain’s largest survey of what species are flying around the country. Much important information has been generated, including new county records, new sites for scarce species and records of rare immigrants. Public events take place around the country, which can be a great introduction to the world of moths. National Moth Night grabs the imagination of those taking part and has involved some fine displays of British eccentricity in terms of unusual methods of recording moths, as well as visits to some unusual locations. August is an interesting time for moth recorders with a variety of colourful and scarce species on the wing. Widespread immigration from other parts of Europe, or even Africa, may take place if conditions
are favourable. Species range from the tiny Diamond-back Moth to the enormous Convolvulus Hawk-moth.
Many of these immigrant species are quite common and may be recorded in just about any part of Britain
and Ireland. Winds blowing in from the Continent may bring with them much rarer species too.
And with any luck you may see:
Longing for the thrill of seeing
Arcs of fire explode across the heavens.
I hoist myself into the hammock,
Look up, and find that cloud has drifted in.
I lie, deflated, until a breeze begins
To stir the poplar leaves.
A bat darts out from the gloom
Performs a dark dance against the milky sky;
A hedgehog scuffles in the bushes behind me;
The cat leaps up, purring with joy at finding
A human out at night.
I am as happy as if I had seen
A hundred shooting stars.
Chrissie Williams, August 2003