The Somerset Moth Group was formed in 1989 by a band of local enthusiasts with the aim to record and study the moths of the area and to promote interest in these fascinating creatures. The group conducts research and monitoring, with individual efforts by members and group field meetings having amassed over a million records to date. A macro moth distribution atlas for Somerset was produced in 2012, and the group keeps an up-to-date distribution map for every species of macro- and micro-moth which has been found in the county. Records are submitted annually to Butterfly Conservation’s National Moth Recording Scheme.
The group provides an identification and verification service, and anyone can send in photographs or specimens for confirmation. Although run independently it is affiliated to the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society, and works closely with a range of conservation bodies.
Meetings take the form of moth trapping evenings in the summer months and the AGM is held in the early winter. Members can keep in touch via the website, where they can share news of sightings and upload photographs. There is also a regular newsletter ‘Nocturnal Record’ for members.
The group caters for all levels of expertise, from the beginner to the expert. There are a number of experienced enthusiasts, at various locations across the county, who are willing to help new members or those wishing to improve their skills. There is a small annual membership fee and members are asked to agree to a code of conduct for moth recording.
Membership enquiries: contact Membership Secretary Paul Newman Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Somerset Moth Group, Cary Cottage, Church Lane, East Lydford TA11 7HD
General correspondence: contact Malcolm Cotterill, Secretary. Email: email@example.com Somerset Moth Group, Heale Wold, Heale Lane, Curry Rivel, Langport TA10 0PQ
Moth Group Chairman and Macro Moth recorder: John Bebbington Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Somerset Moth Group, Quantock View, Newtown, Langport TA10 9SE
Micro Moth recorder: position currently vacant, but Paul Wilkins (email@example.com) and David Agassiz (firstname.lastname@example.org) have agreed to help with verification of species and Paul is currently engaged in producing a definitive list of Somerset species, with verification standards for each.
President – Keith Brown