Friday, 1 February 2013

Moths in major 40 year decline in UK Especially in the south


01/02/2013 08:52:37

Elephant Hawk-moth - Rachel Scopes/Butterfly Conservation
UK moths suffer 40-year crash February 2013. The abundance of the UK's larger moths has crashed during the past 40 years with three species becoming extinct in the last decade, a major scientific report has revealed.
3 moths extinct in UK
The State of Britain's Larger Moths 2013 found that the Orange Upperwing, Bordered Gothic and Brighton Wainscot had all become extinct in the UK in the last 10 years; these follow the extinctions of an additional 62 species during the 20th Century.
2/3rds larger moths in decline - Especially in south
The report by Butterfly Conservation and Rothamsted Research revealed that two-thirds of common and widespread larger species (macro-moths) declined in the last 40 years. The losses in abundance were much greater in the southern half of Britain than the north.

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