Elephant Hawk-moth. Credit: Pete Withers

Butterfly Conservation is launching a Kent-wide moth spotting week next week (20th-27th June 2022), urging people across the county to get outdoors and take part in spotting an array of important and surprisingly colourful moths.

As part of the Kent’s Magnificent Moths project, which launched last year, the Big Moth Safari also includes various free events around Kent and online guides on how to attract moths into your garden, easy spotting tips, and why conserving these threatened creatures is so important.

Project Conservation Officer Emma Pestridge said: “We’re excited to launch our second public campaign to celebrate the vast array of moths in Kent. The Big Moth Safari is an ideal opportunity to get outdoors, take and share photos and findings, and identify those insects you have always wondered the names of! The species information and locations of your findings will also help with our conservation work.

“Kent is a particularly special county for moths with several species occurring no-where else in the UK. We want people to tell us about the moths they’re seeing in their local areas, gardens, and balconies. Perhaps you’ve spotted a rusty brown and golden Mint moth on your herb pots or been lucky enough to see a pink and green 9cm Elephant Hawk-moth trundling past your window at dusk. We want to hear from as many people as possible. 

“To get involved, go to @ButterflyConservationKent on Facebook, @BCKentBranch on Twitter or @BCKentbranch on Instagram where details of local events, handy ID guides, and other hints and tips about spotting the county’s array of incredible moths will be posted under the hashtag #bigmothsafari. Simply share a picture or details of your findings with us, including your location, using #bigmothsafari.”

You can see what events are taking place throughout the campaign on our Events page.

The Kent’s Magnificent Moths project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, is the largest area-specific moth project which has ever been run by Butterfly Conservation. The project has already achieved several conservation successes throughout its first year and will continue to conserve and celebrate some of the county’s most special, and UK’s rarest, species over the next two years.

Moths are facing worrying declines across the UK which has knock-on effects to wider biodiversity, so conserving them, and encouraging more people to delight in them, is very important. The Kent’s Magnificent Moths project aims to boost wildlife conservation activity in the area, with the opportunity for local people to see and help save some of the UK’s rarest and most threatened species. 

Fiery Clear Wing, credit: Rebecca Levey
​ Fiery Clear Wing, credit: Rebecca Levey ​