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Rothamsted Insect Survey Light-Trap Network

The Rothamsted Insect Survey Light-Trap Network

is run by

Rothamsted Research

Open the Rothamsted Insect Survey website


Rothamsted Research is the oldest agricultural research station in the world. It is internationally recognised for its long history of entomological studies, including the Rothamsted Insect Survey which has operated a national network of light traps since 1968. Most of the traps are operated by volunteers, with approximately 90 traps running each year. Altogether, over 460 sites have run for a minimum of one year and 54 have operated for at least 15 years. This has become one of the world’s largest and broadest contemporary insect biodiversity databases, with over 12 million individual macro-moth records. These records are used for fundamental ecological research, linking the effects of land use and climate change with population and distribution changes of common British moths. Recently, data have been used to show dramatic declines and changes in distribution for many common species throughout the UK.


Open the Rothamsted Insect Survey website



Topic - moth, population, distribution, climate

Audience - agencies, students, conservation groups

Location - UK, British, Rothamsted

Goals - conservation, research, biodiversity, ecology



Dr Jason Chapman, Head of the Rothamsted Light-Trap Network  email Dr Chapman

  00 44 (0)1582 763133 x2431

Philip Gould, Co-ordinator of the Rothamsted Light-Trap Network  email Phil

  00 44 (0)1582 763133 x2453

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