Join the midnight mass for moths

The moth: a nightime butterfly

According to a recent article on the BBC website, nocturnal bats and moths are facing a “crisis” of survival.

Both the Butterfly Conservation and Bat Conservation Trust are urging people to take part in the “National Moth Night” on May 15th, to help aid research into both species and their habitats.

Our local “National Moth Night” is being held at Brandon Marsh Nature Centre, Brandon Lane, Coventry, CV3 3GW starting at 7pm.

If you can’t make it down to the public event, then why not take the advice of the conservationists and set up your own moth and bat watch night in your back garden? You don’t need to own fancy recording equipment, as simple household concoctions can work just as well. Items such as sugar, wine-ropes,  blossom and even bright lights can all attract moths to your garden.

So give it a go, and send any information you record to National Moth Night for the chance to win some great prizes.

Bees in need

Could you adopt this bee?

Beekeepers all over Britain are urging bee lovers to “adopt” a hive, to help improve the future for the common honeybee.

With the numbers of the honeybee declining steadily, the British Beekeeper’s Association (BBKA) are promoting a new campaign to encourage bee lovers – especially those who are unwilling or unable to keep a hive of their own – to help fund the protection of our fuzzy, winged friends.

The money will be used to aid research into the health of bees and support the training for beekeepers around the UK.

With the commercial value of honey weighing in between a massive £10 million to £30 million, it’s no surprise to learn that numerous areas of the UK’s economy could be affected.

Agriculturists and chefs alike could suffer if the number of honey bees continues to decline. So much so, that the Telegraph has reported that Michelin-star chef Raymond Blanc is backing the campaign.

If you would like to adopt a hive, visit the BBKA for more information.