People’s Park to be aflutter for ‘Moth Night’

Free Moth Night event at The People's Park on Wednesday, June 8, from 8-10pm. (Submitted Image).
Free Moth Night event at The People's Park on Wednesday, June 8, from 8-10pm. (Submitted Image).

Mid and East Antrim Council is encouraging residents to get outdoors to celebrate Moth Night at free events being held in the borough including one at The People’s Park on Wednesday, June 8, from 8-10pm.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Billy Ashe, said: “Moth Night is the annual celebration of moth recording with local events aimed at raising awareness of moths among the general public. Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is committed to protecting and promoting the biodiversity in the Borough and what better way than through unique events such as Moth Night.

“We have some fantastic open spaces in the Borough, and a wide range of wildlife, so I would encourage everyone to come along to one of our free Moth Night events and experience the wonders of their local area first hand. Participants can get involved in a moth hunt, help set up moth traps, and learn more about marvellous moths.”

Entomologist Adam Mantell, who will be leading the moth night activities, said: “Many people appreciate butterflies and are aware of the threats faced by our native butterfly species. However, perhaps due to their nocturnal habits, many people are unaware of how threatened some of our 1,400 species of moths are. Although some are not as showy as butterflies, this year’s moth night is all about the stunningly beautiful Hawkmoths that would not look out of place in a tropical rainforest! These free Moth Night events in Mid and East Antrim are an ideal way of raising the profile of these under-appreciated creatures.”

“I encourage everyone to come along and experience this annual celebration of moths. Join us for a moth hunt, help set up moth traps and learn more about these fascinating creatures.”