Where to see moths up close
The best places to spot moths in the South East are those that are also good for butterflies. From the great chalk grassland meadows at Bradenham estate in the Chilterns to Newtown National Nature Reserve on the Isle of Wight and Cradle Valley near the River Cuckmere in East Sussex, these places are rich in wildflowers, butterflies and moths.
Like some butterflies, many moths are restricted to just one larval food plant. For instance, the six-spot burnet caterpillar feeds on bird’s foot trefoil plants. If you look carefully, you can see the papery larval cases attached to grass stems at these places.
Moth Night takes place on 14-16 June is an annual celebration of moths initiated by one of our fellow conservation charities, Butterfly Conservation. There are lots of public moth-trapping events to attend across the country and a quick internet search will bring up those near to you.
Events at our places this summer where you can get up-close with moths include: