Moths are in trouble.
Our recent report – The State of Britain’s Larger Moths revealed that the overall abundance of macro-moths has declined seriously during the past 40 years and that over 60 species have become extinct in Britain during the last century.
This is bad news for moths, for our wider wildlife and for us because moths are important pollinators and key indicators of the overall health of our environment.
You can help moths by asking your local MP to sign up to an early day motion which calls on the Government to take urgent action to save our dwindling moth populations.
You can find details on how to contact and email your local MP directly at www.writetothem.com just by entering in your postcode.
We strongly recommend your own words to express how important it is that they sign up to the early day motion, but for inspiration here is a drafted letter by our Chief Executive Dr Martin Warren:
Help save a crucial part of our wildlife heritage
I am writing to urge you to sign up to Early Day Motion 130 which calls on Government to take urgent action to save our dwindling moth population.
Moths are a key indicator species for assessing the health of the environment. By signing EDM 130 (http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2013-14/130), you will not only help conserve a crucial component of our ecosystem, you will also help highlight the need for a healthy environment for us all to live in.
The recent State of Britain’s Larger Moths report produced by Butterfly Conservation and Rothamsted Research showed that the overall abundance of moths has declined seriously during the past 40 years and that over 60 species have become extinct in Britain during the last century. Ongoing habitat loss and the deteriorating condition of the countryside are believed to be the major factors behind these declines.
The findings have major implications for biodiversity as moths are important pollinators of plants and food for many other species such as birds and bats.
Please sign the Early Day Motion: for moths, for wildlife and the future health of our environment.