Exactly 25 years ago today, the first ever meeting of Devon Moth Group took place at the Ley Arms in Kenn. 18 people were present, including many who remain leading lights in the Group and in moth (and butterfly) recording in the county to this day. By the end of the evening, the aims, ethos and first set of officials of Devon Moth Group had been decided and plans made to hold field meetings during the year.
Roy McCormick was elected the Group’s first Chairman and Treasurer, with Ashleigh Rosier elected as Secretary. Roy continues as Treasurer to this day!
Over the quarter century since its inception, Devon Moth Group has grown and thrived. It is now overseen by a committee of seven and has a membership of c.150 people. Along the way, we have amassed well over 1 million moth records in the Group’s database and made a massive contribution to improved knowledge about the county’s moths, as well as raising awareness and assisting conservation.
There will be a number of events throughout 2022 to mark Devon Moth Group’s silver jubilee and to celebrate the county’s magnificent moths and everyone interested in them.