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Recording Moths in Cornwall

The main aim of establishing the Cornwall Moth Group was to encourage recording moths in Cornwall. Many of our group have been recording moths for very long time and are real experts. Others, are just enthusiastic amateurs.

Why record moths

Recording is the first thing you need to do to be able to understand the ecology of any species. It is only possible to protect something if we know where it is and what it's requirements are.

Our records will be used by other organisations and scientists to learn and protect species and habitats.

How to record moths

Moth recording is easy. If you see a moth, or one of its immature stages such as a caterpillar and you can identify it, then you can make a record and contribute to moth recording and conservation.

Many moths are day flying and their caterpillars can be found during the day without any specialist equipment.

Nocturnal moths are a little more difficult. Moths are attracted to light and outside lights or purpose built ‘moth traps’ are excellent for recorders. Most purpose built ‘moth traps’ do not harm he moths and they can be released after identification.

For more information visit the Butterfly conservation web site.

Help with identification

If you need help with identification, please use our E-group, where we have a number of people who may be able to help.

Send us your records

We also need your records, so we try to make recording as painless as possible. Our records are held on Mapmate, so we would prefer records to be sent on a Mapmate-friendly spreadsheet (e.g. Excel). You can either download the file or we would be happy to send a hard copy, just please contact us stating your name and address.

Please send only Cornish moth records to Leon Truscott, our Cornish County Moth Recorder by Email.

If possible please download and use the form below

If you do not wish to use this form please ensure each record includes the following information:

For regular moth recorders, forms or lists can be sent monthly or quarterly, or even at the end of the year if you prefer.

Please feel free to contact our County Moth Recorder if you have any questions or difficulties in submitting your records.

If you can only supply hard copy recording please send them to:

Leon Truscott - Cornwall County Moth Recorder
c/o Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Five Acres
Cornwall TR4 9DJ


Important: Records submitted to the Cornwall Moth Group may be collated and disseminated manually or electronically, including the Internet, for nature conservation, research and education. Records may be passed on to other recorders where appropriate, unless otherwise agreed.

Names and contact details of recorders will be used for administration and verification purposes only. Contact details will not be passed to other parties without the consent of the recorder, whilst your name will form part of the record that is collated and disseminated. All records remain the property of the recorder unless otherwise stated.