Dorset Moth Atlas published

Gold and orange moth with spots
Gold Spot moth. Photo: Mark Pike

The ‘Provisional atlas of the larger moths of Dorset’ compiled by Les Evans-Hill has now been published.It is available from the Dorset Moth Group website as a PDF. The decision has been taken to not offer it as a book, but to offer it free in this format.

It is an in-depth look at the distribution, status, flight times and other information for macro moths recorded in Dorset and represents a huge amount of work for recorders and verifiers as well as for Les in pulling it all together.

This publication will be of considerable value for the conservation of moths: without knowing where they are and seeing whether a species has expanded its distribution or contracted it, we cannot try to help those species in need. The maps show distributions for before 1970, 1970-1999 and 2000-2018.

Butterfly Conservation works to save moths as well as butterflies. The Dorset Moth Group website gives excellent coverage of the moths seen in this county, and they have a Facebook group called Dorset Moths.

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