AES represented at the English moth recorders' conference
Published: 05 October 2007
Dafydd Lewis, on behalf of the AES, attended the English moth recorders' conference. The key points arising from the conference were:
- The AES is a supporter of this project and we now feature on new Butterfly Conservation slides & publicity materials.
- Moths Count is a 4 year project 2006-2010 which includes the new national moth recording scheme but the intention is to make it permanent.
- 'Garden moth count' is part of the initiative and is a short timeline project aimed at the general public.
- 100+ public moth events are planned in 2008.
- National Moth Night 2008 is on 7th June, targeted spp include lesser broad bordered bee hawk moth, bordered gothic, a micro and orchard habitat – first time they've focused on a habitat.
- A critical species booklet is planned.
- Distribution maps will be available online from 2008. They will be down to the 2km level.
- Recorder 6 software will be used but records can be supplied in any format.
- Centre for Ecology and Hydrology records are being computerised – these are records from the 1970s when John Heath ran a paper-based recording scheme. Rothamsted records will be computerised where possible.
- County moth recorders will coordinate data although it will be possible for recorders to enter data directly online eventually.
- Records will include immature stages.
- There will be advice regarding health and safety for humans and moths – e.g. brown-tail moth larvae, UV lamps, and moth release from traps & avoiding bird predation.
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