Moth mania hits Hurst Green

Louise and Thomas Allison check the Skinner moth trap in Hurst Green
Louise and Thomas Allison check the Skinner moth trap in Hurst Green
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Everything that was in the air for moth hunters in Hurst Green is now firmly on the ground.

After some successful fund-raising and a grant, they now have a full panoply of equipment to study their elusive subjects in detail.

And it was only after successful moth trapping experienced when the newly named Hurst Green Moth-ers borrowed a trap from Lancashire Wildlife Trust for Church Goes Wild at St John’s in the village that they were inspired as a community to raise funds and buy their own.

Moth-ers member Sarah McLellan said: “We were able to successfully secure a grant from Champion Bowland to put towards money donated from Church Goes Wild members and buy a Skinner trap, with magnifying glasses, identification book and identifying pots.

“We have purchased a record book and record, alongside photos and drawings, what we’ve found.

“By sharing it round the community, we get to see a bigger picture of the beautiful species of moths flying around at night.

“In the future we hope to plot our sightings on an OS map as we have people with differing habitats as gardens.

“For example, we have members who live on the side of Longridge Fell, so they will be able to attract moths that like heather.”

She added: “A Facebook group page has been set up at Hurst Green Moth-ers and it’s a lovely way for moth enthusiasts, people who have never done this kind of thing before, and families, to share a love for our natural world.”

Those who have donated to the project have first priority when borrowing the trap, but others in the community were welcome to borrow it for a small donation.

“Donations will pay for replacement bulbs and maybe fund our next venture, bat boxes or a community beehive, watch this space,” said Sarah.

More than 2,400 species of moths are recorded in the British Isles, and 2232 of these are illustrated, featuring 7013 photographs, all on UKMoths website built, run and maintained by Ian Kimber.