Sunday 25th August 2019, 10:00am-2:00pm


  • Tom Prescott or Nigel Voaden
  • Email: Tel: 01540 661469. Mob: 07979 785665. OR Email: Mob: 07841 923519

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Lunar Yellow Underwing Survey


Moth Morning

Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve, Fife


Friday 23rd from 7pm and/or Saturday 24th August from 10am


Saturday 24th from 7pm and/or Sunday 25th August from 10am


Lunar Yellow Underwing is a very scarce moth in Scotland with Tentsmuir being its sole surviving site.  However, despite previous searches, it has not been seen here (or elsewhere in Scotland) since 2007. 

The moth is associated with grassy areas on heathland and dunes.  We plan to set moth traps across the site in areas of suitable habitat.

Given the quality and variety of habitats at Tentsmuir we could catch over 100 different species of moth, with some help from the weather, i.e. a calm and warm night.  This could include several other scarce sand dune species e.g. Portland Moth.  So this is a wonderful chance to come and see the huge variety of species that are present at the site.

All moths will be released the following morning unharmed.

We will be running the event over two nights to maximise our chances of refinding Lunar Yellow Underwing.  You are welcome to come along and help set up the traps on the Friday and/or Saturday evenings, and even bring your own trap along if you have one.  Or just come along on the Saturday and/or Sunday morning to see what has been caught.

Meeting place and timings

We will meet at Forestry and Land Scotland’s Kinshaldy car park (Grid reference NO498242) in Tentsmuir Forest which lies 1½ miles (2.4 km) east of the B945 between Leuchars and Tayport in northeast Fife.  Simply follow the brown signs for Kinshaldy Beach from the church in the middle of Leuchars village.

If using a sat nav the nearest postcode is KY16 0DR.

We will meet in the car park at 10am on both the Saturday and Sunday mornings if you want to come along and see what moths have been caught overnight.  Please note that there is a £2 fee for using the car park. 

If you are able to help us set up the moth traps on the Friday and/or Saturday evenings, or want to bring your own please let us know.  We will meet at 7pm, probably in or near the car park.  The exact location will depend on the weather and how many traps we have.

What’s needed

We will have our fingers crossed for a calm and muggy night to maximise our moth catch.  Stout walking shoes and a good sense of humour are recommended! 


It is not necessary to book if you are just coming along on the Saturday and/or Sunday mornings to see the moth catch.  However, as stated above, please let us know if you are able to help set up the traps the night before and/or bring any moth traps with you as this will be very useful in helping us plan where we will set traps.

For more information contact

Tom Prescott, Butterfly Conservation Scotland

Email: @email

Tel: 01540 661469.  Mob: 07979 785665


Nigel Voaden


Mob: 07841 923519