Monday, 25 January 2010

The Power of the Media

In 2007 Michael Blencowe discovered a Scarlet Tiger moth in a Sussex forest. This beautiful, very distinctive moth had thought to be long extinct in the county.
Scarlet Tiger (photo: Michael Blencowe)

However, after Michael excitedly published an article on his finding in his local newspaper, showing a photo of this rare moth, new sightings poured in – people in Brighton, Peacehaven and Eastbourne reported seeing the moth in their gardens. This is great news and we are now hoping that Scarlet Tiger articles in local Rother papers, timed to coincide with the flying time of the moth, will bring similar results.
Scarlet Tiger sightings (Photo and map: Steve Wheatley)