Macro-moth distribution records for the UK from Butterfly Conservation, up to 2019
UK macro-moth (larger moths) distribution data from the National Moth Recording Scheme (NMRS) database, run by Butterfly Conservation. This dataset comprises occurrence records of macro-moths collected by volunteers, professionals and the public. The data include records of all macro-moth species, excluding adventives and introductions. Records were made from a wide range of terrestrial habitats and throughout the year and were collated from multiple source datasets or surveys. All records were checked by local taxonomic expert volunteers (County Recorders) prior to inclusion. Records are presented at 2km x 2km (tetrad) grid square resolution (unless deemed to be sensitive records).
For more information about moths, recording and the UK recording scheme please visit https://butterfly-conservation.org/moths.
This dataset represents almost complete coverage of 10km x 10km grid squares in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. Location is given as the dominant Vice County for each record in Great Britain; for Northern Ireland a nominated Vice County is selected where more than one overlap the grid square.
Multiple datasets have been collated to create the UK database from which this dataset is derived. Data are collected for different original purposes including personal interest or site monitoring. Contribution to the NMRS dataset is for the purpose of maintaining a UK-wide understanding of the distribution of macro-moths, and how this has changed over time, to inform science, conservation and education.
The purpose of this dataset is to inform public understanding, biodiversity conservation and scientific research regarding the current and past distribution of macro-moth species at landscape, county, regional and national scales in the UK. For local or site-level decisions, finer scale NMRS records are more appropriate and access to such data and appropriate interpretive advice should be sought from local environmental records centres or Butterfly Conservation.
We have a high degree of confidence in the dataset overall and believe that all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure that records are correct and complete. Verification of records is undertaken by expert volunteers at the local (vice-county) level and subsequent checks are also made on the UK dataset. Records are accepted from untrained amateurs, as well as skilled volunteers and professionals, but although many macro-moths are straightforward to identify, some species are challenging and require critical examination. All records have been systematically checked using NBN Record Cleaner and, together with the verification provided by local experts (as described above), gives good grounds for confidence in veracity of the dataset. Apparent errors in the data should be reported to the administrator for further investigation.
The primary source of data is as direct field observations made by volunteers, nature conservation professionals, natural historians and members of the public. No specific methodology is required: occurrence records of any life-cycle stage of any macro-moth species seen anywhere in the county at any time of the year by any recorders are accepted, subject to verification. However, standard minimum recording requirements exists and recorders are encouraged to adopt them (e.g. an exact date). Recorders are also encouraged to note the exact or approximate abundance of each species seen. Recorders are encouraged to use iRecord-linked online data capture such as https://www.mothrecording.org/. A secondary source of data is from the literature, particularly for pre-1970 records.
Macro-moth distribution data from the National Moth Recording Scheme, courtesy of Butterfly Conservation.
Butterfly Conservation has NMRS database rights. Recorders retain copyright of their original records.
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