Norfolk moth survey encourages locals to get involved

September 27, 2011 by  

Norfolk wildlife fans are being encouraged to get involved with a survey to help identify certain species of moth in the area.

The survey, run by Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service, known as NBIS, is asking local people in Norfolk to help them identify which species of moths are frequenting the gardens and homes of Norfolk in their autumn wildlife survey. The survey is supported by a leaflet which shows local people how to attract and identify moths, as well as encouraging people to take photographs of any that they spot. The leaflet that has been produced by NBIS shows the types of moths likely to be in Norfolk and also shows the markings on their wings in detail using full colour printing.

Kings Lynn, Norwich and other areas of Norfolk are likely to attract the species of moths featured in the leaflet and there are over 2,500 species of moth in the UK. NBIS are working to identify the ones in the local area to see how they can be protected or encouraged to breed as their numbers are thinning out due to a number of factors such as mammals using them for food.

An information officer for NBIS spoke to the Norwich Evening News 24 website, saying:

“We were delighted with the public response to our summer moths survey which generated many new records for our database. We have also made it really easy for people to send in records through an online recording form on our website,”