Dorset in UK mapThe purpose of Dorset Moths is to bring together all those interested in moths in Dorset, and to promote the importance of moths as an indicator of biodiversity and habitat health.

Dorset is fortunate in having diverse unspoilt habitat, and a fine list of resident moth species; also being on the central South coast it is well placed for immigrants, irruptive and pioneering new species for Britain.  Some of the coastal headlands are magnets for moths and trappers alike, with a small but hardy number of resident moth-trappers spread throughout the County.  See here for information on the County.


Saturday 12 October 2019 at Tolpuddle Village Hall, Tolpuddle, Dorset, DT2 7EW

2pm to 5pm (tea and coffee from 1.30pm)

A chance to get together and find out what's been happening on the Dorset moth scene. All welcome!

Talks will include:

  • Moths & Butterflies of the Weymouth Relief Road - Dr Phil Sterling
  • Undiscovered Undercliff - moths of Lyme Regis - Paul Butter
  • Moths of Poole Harbour - Chris Thain & Abby Gibbs
  • Using Living Record - Adrian Bicker
  • Dorset Moths - Future Directions
There is no charge for attendance.

Note to Dorset Moth Recorders

As many of you will know, Les Evans-Hill stood down as County Moth Recorder at the end of 2016 and we thank him for all his hard work in verifying the Dorset Moths database. Dr Phil Sterling has taken over the role of County Micro-moth Recorder, while the role of Macro-moth recorder is being shared by a verification team co-ordinated by the Dorset Environmental Records Centre (DERC) comprising: Adrian Bicker, Terry Box, Paul Butter, Peter Forrest, Julian Francis, Mike Hetherington, Tom Morris, Jack Oughton and Phil Sterling.

The best way to submit records is through Living Record www.livingrecord.net, which is the website that the verification team are using to review the records.  However, all records are welcomed (spreadsheets for preference): these can be sent to .  General queries about the recording arrangements can also be sent to that address.  Guidance on how to format spreadsheets for submission to Dorset Moths can be found here.  Advice on how to treat aggregate species when submitting records by spreadsheet or Living Record can be found here.

The Dorset Moths website and Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/dorsetmoths/ link are active for postings of latest sightings and moth-related chat.

Small Emerald Copyright: Julian Francis The success of the National Moth Recording Scheme mapping the macro-moths has generated interest in mapping all moths within the County, including the micro-moths for the first time, here.  It should be acknowledged that the maps and species accounts are provisional, incomplete, in some case unverified, and only take into account records that have been submitted to the County Moth Recorders. Some of the older records dates and sites are a bit vague, sometimes just a year and a 10km square. It is hoped that having this resource available will stimulate some recorders to send in their records for the first time, and that past records are captured too.  Peter Davey’s excellent macro-moth accounts are already included, and new information will be added in due course.  This is very much a work-in-progress, and the summaries are still being updated to reflect the content. 

See Moth Recording for information on submitting records, and Dorset Moth Status for a list of species.  The Species Accounts brings together status, distribution, phenology, photos and general information on each species, and by registering and logging on you have the ability to click on dots on the map to get individual record detail.

When faced with an unidentified moth, try Common Species for details on the 25 most common species recorded in this week, with photos and links to the Species Accounts.  There is an option to see a list of all species recorded in this week too.

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Last updated 18 September 2019