Three new species of moth discovered at Haig

4th July 2018

A recent study into the diversity of moth species at a former mining site in Haig, Whitehaven, has shown an impressive 99 species inhabiting the area.

What was once an undersea mine workings site is now a thriving habitat for a diverse range of plants and animals, as well as being an ideal destination for a scenic coastal walk.

The highly experienced moth surveyor captured three species of which he hadn’t seen before. This included the identification of common day flying moths and trickier micro moths. 

Chris Gomersall, the park’s ranger who conducted the study, has previously spotted a Grapholita Compositella, which is reported to be the first record of that species in the area.

Having captured 99 species in just one night, the number of moths at Haig is expected to rise once collated with previous data.

The site is run by the Land Trust in partnership with the National Trust and with the help of the ranger, has improved biodiversity tremendously over the past few years.

Sarah Palgrave-Neath, Estates Manager of North West sites for the Land Trust, said:

“Chris has worked extremely hard to improve not just the biodiversity, but also the quality of the green space for visitors, which includes well maintained walking routes and the planting of wildflower meadows across the area.

“It’s fantastic to know that we are discovering new species and that Haig is a thriving habitat for such a diverse range of creatures.”


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Moth at Haig

Land, in particular public open space and wildlife, has always been my passion and here at the Land Trust I get to make a difference. I enjoy covering a large area of England and Wales and seeing a wide variety of sites. No site is the same, so it makes my job interesting.

Alison Whitehead, Development Manager

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