Shropshire smaller moths

Shropshire smaller moths is the first ever atlas solely of the Microlepidoptera of Shropshire. It is based on approximately 18,500 records, covering over 800 species.

Located in west-central England on the border with Wales, Shropshire offers a wide diversity of habitats. There is a wide range in altitude, from below 100m to above 500m. Shropshire’s topography produces climatic patterns that strongly influence moth distributions. Overall it stands at a crossroads, where species of lowland Britain meet those of the cool and wet uplands.

This atlas describes the status and distribution of Shropshire’s smaller moths. It examines their relationships with climatic factors, habitat types and host plants. Furthermore it explores evidence of long-distance migration and local and regional dispersal, and discusses the impact of habitat management on smaller moth populations.

This atlas is one of a number which examine the distribution of some of Shropshire’s invertebrate groups.