Butterfly Conservation is developing a three year project in East Kent to help save some of the UK’s rarest, most beautiful and most special moths. The project will also offer opportunities for people to engage with these moths and to appreciate and help the wide variety of moths on their doorstep.
East Kent is home to the greatest concentration of rare and threatened moth species in the UK, but moths remain a mystery to many people. Threats in this part of England include development pressure, changing land management, limited resources and climate change. Our project will engage, surprise and inspire a diverse audience, revealing the array of amazing moths on their doorstep and helping communities to value and conserve these fascinating creatures. As the biggest ever moth conservation project in the UK, delivered in partnership with established local groups, this will make a significant positive impact to nationally important wildlife and give people the skills and support to deliver a lasting legacy.
- Black-veined Moth
- Bright Wave
- Fiery Clearwing
- Fisher’s Estuarine Moth
- Marsh Mallow Moth
- Sussex Emerald
- Straw Belle
- White-spotted Sable (Anania funebris)
Our Project Development Officer Lucia Chmurova is working with a wide variety of organisations and individuals to plan this project. The project will deliver targeted conservation work on a number of key sites. These will become demonstration sites to engage and inspire more action within each of the project’s target landscapes. The project will also work closely for three years with six different community groups and six different schools, taking them on the journey with us to discover more about the magnificent moths in each of their areas. There will also be many engaging and inspiring events open to the general public.
If the development phase is successful we hope to launch the project in 2020. The project will run for three years and will lead to a long-term legacy of greater appreciation and involvement in the beauty and conservation of the unique wildlife of Kent.
We are working with a wide variety of project partners to plan this project. These include:
- Canterbury City Council
- Community groups
- Dover District Council
- Environment Agency
- Kent Downs AONB Unit
- Kentish Stour
- Kent Wildlife Trust
- Local Schools
- Natural England
- White Cliffs Countryside Partnership
National Lottery Heritage Fund
We are very grateful to National Lottery players and the National Lottery Heritage Fund for helping us to develop this project.
Project Manager: Steve Wheatley (@email)