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Kent Moth Group

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The Kent Moth Group

The Kent Moth Group works as an informal group of people who are interested in recording moths. It meets at least annually and has the intention of producing reports and newsletters, though it is early days yet. We are affiliated with Butterfly Conservation: Kent and SE London Branch.

The Kent Moth Group website covers all 2,160 species recorded in Kent. Our species accounts present up-to-date distribution maps and phenology charts for each species. The site also contains helpful flying tonight pages, showing which species are most commonly encountered throughout the year, and our interesting annual summaries.

To get in touch with us, please email mothsinkent@gmail.com.

We Need Your Records!

Our county moth recorders, Ian & Sally Hunter and Dave Shenton, are dedicated to gathering information about the moths of Kent - vice counties 15 and 16. They submit this data to the national database, as well as analysing it and feeding information back to everyone who is interested in moths. Currently, the Kent database stands at 1,719,310 records!

We really value records being sent to us, so that we have as complete a picture of moths in Kent as possible. There are several ways in which you can submit data:

Please visit the submit data page for further information.

What Makes Kent Special For Moths?

Kent is a special county. Close to the continent, in the south-eastern corner of the UK, it has a warm climate and a fantastic mix of habitats. Several species are recorded almost exclusively in Kent, at least in a UK context.

As the closest point to the continent, Kent serves as a good candidate for new species to colonise Britain, and many have become well-established in recent years.

To see a list of Kent's moth species, please visit the species accounts page.

Keep up to date with the Kent Moth Group

The best way to keep up to date with the Kent Moth Group is via our social media pages:

The news & events page contains the latest updates from the Kent Moth Group, including details of any up-coming events and meetings.

What's Flying Tonight?

Listed below are a selection of the most commonly recorded species during Early December in Kent. This can be used to narrow down which species are most likely to be seen at this time of year, thereby helping speed up the process of identifying a moth. To see a complete list of species flying in Early December, please click on the link.

Species on the wing in other periods of the year can be seen by visiting the Flying Tonight section of the website.