Organising Public Events

Many people appreciate Britain’s butterfly fauna and are aware of some of the threats faced by our native species. However, possibly because of their largely nocturnal habits, the general public is often unaware of how attractive and threatened some moths are.

A public event is an ideal way of raising the profile of moths, and a varied programme of events takes place across the UK, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man and Channel Islands on Moth Night.

The weather conditions are key to the success of any public event, as cold, clear and windy conditions will reduce the number of moths on the wing. Rain is not necessarily a bad thing if it is not too heavy.

However, event organisers may like to consider alternative activities, such as slide shows, discussion of moth recording techniques and equipment, and other nocturnal wildlife, in the event of adverse weather conditions.

We would be pleased to hear feedback about public events from organisers (e.g. how many people took part) and receive photographs for inclusion on this website, or for publication in the account which will be published by Atropos. Please contact