My first foray into the world of moths was when Tim “the moth man” Barker local moth expert set up a moth trap in my parents back garden. I sat in the evening with the bright light of the moth trap, moths fluttering around me, fascinated.

The crowd of curious enthusiasts was ever growing as neighbours and friends heard about what we are doing and joined our early morning moth reveals. It helps to have a master in our midst, Tim whose knowledge is awesome and inspiring.

Tim is the moth recorder for County Durham. For 10 years he set up a moth trap every night above the Tap & Spile pub recording the night life above the night life below.