Discovering the Moths of Selborne
Moths are sensitive indicators of the health of the natural environment and a vital part of the food chain; something which didn’t escape the attention of Gilbert White as early as the 18th Century. We are resuming our monthly series of moth events again this year during the most active part of the season. Each time you will have an opportunity to see a different variety of moths as the seasons change.
Join us through the season and learn a little more about the fantastic world of moths.
You are welcome to join us from around dusk to see how the moth lights are set up and experience the first visitors of the night to the lights. Based on past experience, the June and July evenings also potentially offer the special experience of watching male Ghost Moths (Hepialus humuli) lekking (displaying) on the meadow around dusk. As well as helping to identify any moths that are seen, the night sessions there will be an opportunity to experience other nocturnal life in the grounds especially looking out, or listening, for owls and bats. The moths retained in the light lures will be examined in the morning and recorded on the Hampshire Biodiversity Information Centre database to support scientific research into in-sect ecology.
If you wish to join in and help identify and record in the morning, please let us know.
These events will include outdoor activity including a short walk in the relative dark so please come dressed appropriately for the weather and time of year with sturdy footwear and bring a torch.
A warm drink and biscuits will be available during the activities.