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State of Moths: New Report shows Britain’s moths decline by one third

Source: butterfly-conservation.org

A new report on the State of Britain’s Larger Moths from wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation, in partnership with Rothamsted Research and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, shows a worrying 33% decline in the populations of larger moths in Britain over the last 50 years.

The report, the last of which was released in 2013, pulls on tens of millions of records gathered through the Rothamsted Insect Survey and National Moth Recording Scheme. The report shows that the total abundance of larger moths in Britain decreased by 33% over a 50-year period between 1968-2017. This decline was seen across Britain with a greater loss in the south (39% decrease) than in northern Britain (22% decrease). MORE

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