Birchfield Moth Project
There is an On-going survey of the Local Moth Species found within the Teme Valley South area of Worcestershire UK. This began in January 2008 and is currently centered at one 18 acre site at Upper Rochford. There are four distinct local habitats being surveyed.
- Old Cherry Orchard
- Long Ungrazed Grass
- Formal Garden
Moths are an important indicator of the quality of the local environment and in general, the greater the diversity of species, the better the local environment is in supporting other forms of wildlife.
Moths form an important part of the food chain and as such, birds, bats and other small mammals will readily use them as a food source. Hence the more plentiful the numbers, the more likely the environment is to support other wildlife.
There are around 2500 species of moth found in the UK, of which 900 or so are considered to be 'Macro' or large moths and 1600 being the more difficult to identify, 'Micro' moths, which as the name suggests are in general, small.
There are a few exceptions to the rule. A few 'Macro' moths are quite small (Straw Dot for example), and a few 'micro' moths are relatively large (Small Magpie for example).
Most peoples concept of moths are that they are all dull, brown and boring. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Some moth species are extremely colorful, even more so than some Butterflies, which are part of the same taxonomical group.
In fact, there are more day flying moth species than there are butterfly species in the UK, so some of the butterflies you see during the day, well may be moths.
The following is a photographic record of most of the Macro moth species as they have appeared in the Teme Valley Area by Month during 2008. Some species are short lived. They appear and disappear over a relatively short time. Others have much longer flight periods. The following photo log shows the moth in the month they FIRST appeared. Click on the Month Link.