Creatures of the night

24th August 2020

The end of August sees both Moth Night and International Bat Night. You can help to celebrate these fascinating creatures in a series of events online and activities you can do at home.

Moth Night is organised by AtroposButterfly Conservation and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, and is the annual celebration of moth recording throughout Britain and Ireland.

Each year a theme is chosen with one or more target species to look out for. Moth Night 2020 coincides with the flight periods of four of the Red Underwing moths recorded in the British Isles, but Moth Night is about all moths and participants are encouraged to find and record as many different species as they can. Lots more information on the website here

In previous years public events have been a feature of Moth Night. In 2020 however, due to the ongoing situation with Covid 19 the organisers are not encouraging or promoting public events. However this is the perfect opportunity for garden participation, and you can find tips on how to attract moths here.

At CCI, we usually monitor the moths which are attracted to our roof top meadow planting, but this year we’ve been using our moth trap in our gardens instead. Below are a selection of the moths we’ve found- as you can see they are beautiful creatures, with some fantastic names!

Top L-R: Elephant Hawk, Angle Shades, Treble-bar; Bottom L-R: Light Emerald, The Phoenix, Poplar Hawk

On the predator side of this ecological equation are bats. The Bat Conservation Trust are launching BatFest on International Bat Night (29th August) and continuing with a series of events throughout September. You can find out more about all the events and how to join on their website here, where you will also find out how to garden for bats, what to do of you find an injured one, and lots more information.

Main image: Greater Horseshoe Bats, Copyright Natural England/Michael Hammett