National Macro-moth Atlas
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre is working with Cumbria Moth Group to improve the picture of moth distributions in Cumbria. CBDC collates all moth data for the county, both the "macro" (usually larger) species and the "micro" (usually smaller) species and supplies the macro-moth data to the National Moth Recording Scheme for Vice-counties 69 - Westmorland with Furness and 70 - Cumberland after verification by county recorder Liz Still.
In the past Cumbria has been under-recorded for moths, so our aim is to improve coverage for the county for the upcoming national moth atlas, which has a target publication date of 2018. We have from now until the end of 2016 to record moths from as widely around the county as we can.
Grey Square Challenge
Our ambitious target is to record at least 100 different macro-moth species in all the hectads that lie mostly within Cumbria for the period 2000-2016. The grey squares had less than 100 species in the database as of March 2016. You can help by recording day-flying moth species on your travels, and if you have a portable trap please consider visiting good-looking sites in any "grey squares" near to you. (Please do not trespass and remember to ask for permission from the site owner and other relevant bodies if required.)
Any help you can give in finding out what is in these less recorded areas will really help the species distribution maps give a more realistic picture of where the moths are in our diverse county, especially parts of the Uplands, North Pennines and West Cumbria Coastal plain.
Please send us your records in one of the usual ways, preferably annually so we can see which squares to concentrate recording on.