Suffolk Moth Group and Moth Recording in Suffolk

The Suffolk Moth Group is an informal group of people in Suffolk (and elsewhere) interested in the moth fauna of Suffolk and has been in existence for over 30 years.

Moth night - around the sheet light
Moth night in the Brecks

The group's primary activity is recording the moths of the county and the group holds a programme of moth nights and day-time meetings during the warmer months of the year (usually May to October). Details of these meetings are made available on this web site.

The group tries to visit a variety of sites in each year and to cover most areas of the county wherever there is suitable habitat and the group is able to arrange access.

New members or non-members interested in moths are welcome to attend the group meetings although it is worth reading information provided in the Events section of the web site prior to attending an event. Joint field meetings are periodically held with other societies - the Suffolk Naturalists' Society and Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation.


Moth night - inspecting one of the traps
Inspecting one of the moth traps

In recent years there has been an increasing emphasis on carrying out survey work that has a more conservation-oriented basis. The group has carried out surveys for various moth species including Lunar Yellow Underwing, Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth, Toadflax Brocade and Buttoned Snout.

As well as organising field meetings the group also organises various indoor meetings that take place normally outside the main moth recording season. The annual indoor meeting has now become a regular fixture on the group's calendar and is held at the weekend during the late winter or early spring months. In the last few years this has been held at Bucklesham Village Hall, just to the east of Ipswich.

Moth night - around the sheet light
Around a moth lamp and sheet

The group is run informally, there is no formal membership list and it costs nothing to join. To become a member usually involves just turning up to meetings. New members are encouraged to come along to the meetings and start their own moth recording.

The group produces a newsletter two to four times a year, depending on time to produce the newsletter and available material. The newsletter contains recent moth-related news in the county, field trip reports and articles written by moth group members. Contributions for the newsletter are welcome from beginners and old hands alike. It is available free of charge from this web site and group members who have registered on the site can receive email notifications when a newsletter is made available.

The group is always looking for new sites to survey and hold meetings at. If you know of a site that you think would interesting from a moth recording viewpoint, especially if you have contact details for the person who owns the site, then we would like to hear from you.

The group has produced an online guide to the moths of the county that can be viewed here. Photographs of moths are welcomed for inclusion in the guide, although there is a preference for photographs to be of Suffolk specimens. In 2000 the group produced an update to the county checklist showing recently recorded species. Since then the checklist has been superceded by information available in the online moth guide although the 2000 checklist is still available from the web site.


Looking for larvae
Looking for larvae at a daytime meeting
Last modified:03 November 2009