Friday 3rd May to Thursday 26th September 2019, 9:00pm-7:00am


  • Colin Edwards
  • - 077200 49774

56.408536950152, -2.8136933650499

Tentsmuir NNR is a quiet coastal location partially-protected by mature forest on the west and open to the sea on the east.

We have vehicle access to this site and other parts of the forest to operate mobile moth traps overnight on a number of occasions throughout the season.  

This is an ideal opportunity to set up your own trap or join another member at theirs. All moths will be recorded and then returned unharmed to the site: some of the more interesting species will be retained for viewing in the Tentsmuir car park the following morning. 

We will meet at 21:00 in the main Tentsmuir car park at the forest gate (NO 4986 2442) before heading into the main block of woodland to the NNR car parking area (NO49982671).

Tentsmuir possesses a range of coastal habitats stretching from the beach, through the fore dunes and slacks to dune grassland and older dune heath, backed by the more recent Forestry and Land Scotland plantation. The dune slacks particularly are rich in plant species. The site is also famous for its wading birds and seals, and the pine plantation has a good Red Squirrel population. The reserve is one of the region’s best butterfly sites.

Spaces are not limited but you must contact the events coordinator to let them know if you intend running your own trap, or want to join someone at theirs.

Anticipated dates are shown below but please check details with the coordinator the week before attending:

- Friday 3 May
- Friday 31 May
- Friday 28 June
- Friday 2 August
- Thursday 26 September

If you have never tried moth trapping before and want to see what’s involved get in touch and we can organise for you to join in with an organised moth night: I suspect that once you have attended one you will be captivated and want to get involved again.