Devon Moth Group

Devon Moth Group was formed in 1997 and its main aim is to encourage the study, recording and conservation of moths in Devon. The Group is a membership organisation open to anyone interested in moths. Members receive regular newsletters and an Annual Report and are welcome to join in Group activities, which include:

  • A programme of Field Meetings during the year, which provide a great opportunity to visit different sites, see a great variety of moths and meet fellow enthusiasts.
  • Indoor meetings during the winter with guest speakers
  • Recording moths from garden traps and out and about in Devon (the Group has obtained permissions to record moths using light traps on various pieces of land throughout Devon).
  • Special projects focussed on particular moths, e.g. threatened species.
  • Collation of moth records by the County Moth Recorder into the county database to improve knowledge and support conservation.

Devon Moth Group currently has over 120 members, including some who live outside the county. We cater for all ages and levels of expertise, from the very beginner to the expert, and anyone who comes to our events will be made welcome. Events provide an excellent opportunity to learn from and ask questions of the more experienced members present. Families are very welcome at our events – children usually find moths exciting and amazing.

The group plays an important part in increasing awareness of the beauty, diversity and importance of moths and in encouraging recording moths.

Observing and recording moths is interesting and fun, but records also provide a vital foundation for conservation. We work in partnership with other organisations to promote the conservation of moths in the county.

Devon Moth Group is overseen by a Council, elected by the members at the AGM. Members of Devon Moth Group Council 2018 are Nicola Bacciu (Membership & Distribution), Phil Dean (Ordinary member), Richard Fox (Chairman), Barry Henwood (Recorder), Roy McCormick (Secretary/Treasurer), Rob Price (Publicity) and Rob Wolton (Conservation).


We currently have four indoor meetings a year, an AGM in January, a spring meeting around end of March, an autumn meeting in October and a get together just before Christmas.

We try and get speakers about moths and butterflies or do moth things for the first of these three meetings and have a speaker telling us about something completely different for the final meeting. We try and arrange at least three field meetings a year and do ad hoc meetings the rest of the time.

Annual Report

Our Annual Report, which is free to members, gives a complete listing of ALL the moths that were seen the previous year, along with some idea of where the uncommon ones were seen or the number of records for the common ones. It also gives all sorts of other information including a listing of all of the members currently in the Group at the time of publication. An example of our Annual Reports can be viewed here (pdf viewer required).

Members also receive our informative colour newsletter every few months.

Becoming a member

If you would like to join please print out our membership form (a pdf file of the form is here) and post it to us together with your cheque or Postal Order made out to Devon Moth Group.

Alternatively, please set up a Standing Order to Devon Moth Group, A/C No: 94850593, sort code: 60-21-47 at NatWest Bank Newton Abbot Branch, 48 Courtney Street, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2EE. Make the reference your own name as that will then be shown on our statements. Payment date is 1st January each year.

Membership subscription helps to cover the cost of materials and postage. Includes Annual Report and approximately four newsletters a year.

  • £ 8.00 for single member
  • £ 12.00 for a family

Please post your form to:

Roy McCormick
Devon Moth Group
36 Paradise Road
Devon TQ14 8NR

If you would like more information just contact Roy by telephone on 01626 779543.

A Scarlet Tiger moth

Children usually find moths exciting and amazing
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