Sending in Records

As you may well know a lot of species groups and especially moths are recorded by the Watsonian Victorian vice-counties created by H.C.Watson in 1852. Under this system Bedfordshire is classified as VC30 and the boundary of this is roughly the same as that of the administrative county of Bedfordshire with a few exceptions listed below:-

In VC30 but not Bedfordshire administrative - Eaton Socon (Cambs.), Holwell (Herts.), Humbershoe & Buckwood (Herts.), Tilbrook (Cambs.), part of Wymington (Northants.), part of Astwood (Northants.)

In Bedfordshire administrative but not VC30 - Farndish (VC32), Woodbury (VC29), Kensworth & part of Caddington - now including a large part of Dunstable (VC20), part of Studham (VC20), Linslade (VC24) & Wavendon Heath (VC24)

Our recording is within VC30 but to maintain commonality with the boundaries used in the book "The Butterflies & Moths of Bedfordshire" records are kept that lie within the Bedfordshire Administrative boundaries as well when they come to our notice.

All the above may have confused you but the important way of sorting this out is by submitting the Ordnance Survey grid reference of the site you found the moth to at least a 1km square if possible.

Individual or small numbers of records can be sent by post or email to the recorders at the addresses below and they will be happy to answer any identification queries you may have by phone or email. Recording spreadsheets for macro-moths can be supplied by email or on disc and paper sheets are also available. If you find a rare species please try and contact the recorders as soon as possible so that the moth can be viewed and the identification checked (see the county checklists on this website).

Following the retirement of David Manning in March 2016, the recorders for all moths in vc30 are Andy & Melissa Banthorpe

Their contact details are below:-
Andy & Melissa Banthorpe
32 Long Close, Lower Stondon, Bedfordshire, SG16 6JS
Tel: 01462 850753
Mobile: 07885 159380

The map below shows the species density for macro-moths recorded in Bedfordshire as of the end of 2015 mapped by 2km square. There are a few datasets still missing for 2015 so a few records are still to be added. Please note that aggregate species are also included in the counts so the actual species number for a site may be 7 or so lower. The key is next to the map:-

White = less than 20 species
Blue = 20 to 100 species
Green = 100 to 200 species
Yellow = 200 to 300 species
Orange = 300 to 400 species
Red = 400 to 500 species

The map below shows the species density for macro-moths in Bedfordshire using only records from 1st January 2000 to date. The year 2000 was chosen as as it matches with the maps in the new provisional national atlas and also the Moths of Hertfordshire.

White = Less than 20 species
Blue = 20 to 100 species
Green = 100 to 200 species
Yellow = 200 to 300 species
Orange = 300 to 400 species
Red = 400 to 500 species (none as yet!)

 

The map below shows the species density for micro-moths recorded in Bedfordshire as of the end of 2015 mapped by 2km square. Please note that aggregate species are also included in the counts so the actual species number for a site may be a few lower. The key is next to the map:-

Not shown = less than 20 species
Blue = 20 to 100 species
Green = 101 to 200 species
Yellow = 201 to 300 species
Light Orange = 301 to 400 species
Dark Orange = 401 to 500 species
Red = 501 to 600 species

The map below shows the species density for micro-moths in the national leafminers scheme recorded in Bedfordshire as of the end of 2015 mapped by 2km square. The key is next to the map:-

Not shown = less than 21 species
Blue = 21 to 40 species
Green = 41 to 60 species
Yellow = 61 to 80 species
Orange = 81 to 100 species
Red = over 100 species

Maps last updated: March 2016