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Welcome to the MMG web pages, I hope you find the information offered here useful and enjoyable.

Like most under-recorded counties, I felt that Montgomeryshire needed a shot in the arm where moths and "mothing" was concerned and that the awareness of these beautiful and elusive creatures needed to be taken to the people. So, in the winter of 2005-06 the MMG was formed with the objective of holding a series of regular mothing events around the county where, in addition to regular moth-ers, the public could come along and join in an enjoyable evening.

In the spring of 2006 our first events got under way. We decided from the start that we should try to cover the whole county in a season, with a programme of mothing events that would be held from nature reserves to common land and from historical sites like Powis Castle to someone’s back garden. The events would start in April followed by at least one a month until October. I hope this website will further inform all those interested about us so that the world of moths can brought into more peoples lives.

Of course informing, educating and sharing pleasure with others is only one aspect of a moth evening. The data (moth records) from each event is also important from an ecological point of view. All records are added to our county database giving us a greater understanding of the frequency and distribution of species in the county. This information can then be used at either local or national level to study and support vulnerable species e.g. by protecting breeding sites, creating SSSI sites for rare species, carrying out breeding programmes, and re-introductions where a species is struggling to ‘hang on’. Much of this important work is carried out by experienced individuals, small groups of dedicated moth-ers, and other organisations such as ‘Butterfly Conservation’.

Our events are free and open to all, so please come along and get involved as little or as much as you like, see this years' events programme for details.

Contact details are;

Peter Williams

Look forward to seeing you, ‘keep mothing’.

Peter Williams (County Moth Recorder)

I am always pleased to hear from anyone who has any suggestions or comments about this website or moths in Montgomeryshire in general.

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