Welcome

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.

IMPORTANT - Note to Dorset Moth Recorders – December 2017

As many of you will know, Les 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. We are pleased to advise that Dr Phil Sterling has kindly agreed to take over the role as Micro-moth Recorder, the post of Macro-moth Recorder is currently vacant.  Following a number of meetings this note is to provide an update about current arrangements.

Firstly, many thanks to you all for the 2017 records that have been submitted to date.  There are now over 25,000 records in the system for 2017, but we are sure that there are many more out there.  If you haven’t submitted your records yet, or have more to send in, then please do so.  Details of how to do this are set out below.

Although Les will be a hard act to follow, a team of (mostly) willing volunteers has come together to verify the Dorset moth records for VC9.  The team is co-ordinated by the Dorset Environmental Records Centre (DERC) and currently comprises:

Adrian Bicker, Terry Box, Paul Butter, Richard Cottle, Peter Forrest, Julian Francis, Mike Hetherington, Jack Oughton, Steve Palmer 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

Another email account for general inquiries has been set up as .  As this is a whole new set-up please use this email to report any issues and we will do our best to address them.

The Dorset Moths website and Dorset Moths Facebook group will remain active for postings of latest sightings and moth-related chat.

1442 Pempelia palumbella 01 Copyright: Tom Morris 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 5 December 2017