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Is There A Tiger In Your Garden

Garden Tiger_Ross Lawford, Butterfly Conservation

9:39am 8th August 2013

Have you got a Tiger in your garden?

Nature lovers in Dorset are being asked to take part in a survey of Tiger moths to see how different species have been affected by climate change.

The Garden Tiger - known for having a "woolly bear" caterpillar has seen its population reduce by 92 per cent in the last 40 years.

But the Jersey Tiger has spread from an isolated pocket in Devon - across Dorset where regular sightings are reported.

Butterfly Conservation Head of Surveys Richard Fox said: "Moths are a greatly under-appreciated part of UK wildlife, but these tiger moths rival any butterfly for beauty and some even fly in the day.

"But climate change and other factors are creating great upheavals among our moths and other wildlife. The Garden Tiger is in precipitous decline, especially in the south, while populations appear to be holding up further north.

"Other species such as the Jersey Tiger are expanding their distributions, colonising new areas of Britain. Up-to-date information is essential to understand these changes better so we need the public's help to track down these tigers for Moth Night 2013."

Atropos editor Mark Tunmore said: "Moth Night comes at a particularly exciting time this year following a long period of warm weather in July. After a very slow start to the year the numbers of moths flying has soared and we are receiving lots of reports of unusual resident species and migrants from overseas.

"If the weather helps us out over the Moth Night period then participants can look forward to some bumper catches and hopefully a few surprises. Mothing is great fun and easy to join in with so we hope that as many people as possible will get out into the countryside, go to public events and keep an eye on the kitchen window."

Moth Night 2013 runs from 8-10 August and will include a series of daytime searches and night-time recording across the UK.

For information about events visit www.mothnight.info

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