The Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust will be at our Sherwood Forest location for a week from the start of Moth Night on 11 June. Andy and the team will be on hand to take you out into the forest and, whilst moths are the hot topic, they are happy to talk about whatever wildlife you are interested in. The walks are open to everybody, but of course, if you book one of our fabulous cabins for a midweek break, the activities will be on your doorstep. Hurry though, there’s only a few left.
5 amazing moth facts
• Moths are from the same order as butterflies, Lepidoptera, and the two share far more similarities than differences. It might even be said that butterflies are just another kind of moth.
• There are over 2500 species of moth in the UK and under 70 species of butterfly.
• Not all moths are nocturnal. Some, such as Orange Underwing and Scarlet Tiger, fly by day and are often mistaken for butterflies.
• Most moths don’t eat clothes. Those that do are interested only in natural fibres such as wool and cotton and they prefer dirty clothes to clean clothes. They were far more of a problem in Victorian times than they are today.
• Moths are in decline. Over 60 species disappeared in the 20th Century and numbers are estimated to be down by about 28% since 1968.
5 species to look out for on Moth Night
Elephant Hawk Moth – The focus is on hawk moths for this year’s Moth Night. There are many species, but look out for this rather classy khaki and pink specimen.
Orange Underwing – A day flying moth, found early in the season, particularly around birch woodland.
Eyed Hawk Moth – An ingenious and very effective anti-predator camouflage. This one was spotted at Deerpark.
Cinnabar – Mostly nocturnal and quite unique in appearance with black wings that have red markings.
Garden Tiger – Colourful but increasingly rare. A June sighting will be special as they tend to appear into July and August.