I think this is a very good idea. Basically, if you regularly trap in your garden then the scheme requires results for a set of common moths on each Friday night (to Sat am overnight) throughout the season. To be consistent it is ideal if the night for which records are taken is always the Friday but some latitude is allowed here. Also, if you need to miss the odd week then this too can be accommodated. All you do is make a summary of the nights catch in a spreadsheet and return this at the end of the year. The moth species are defined and you just add in your numbers.
The idea is that trends across the UK can be seen more clearly with a network of garden trappers all recording in a very similar and regular way. Your contribution to this experimental project would be most welcome and it is an exciting and interesting idea.
At the moment there are no providers of this data in Somerset and if anyone thinks they can do this then please let me know - or, you can contact Dave Grundy direct on . The pre-requisite obviously being that you are likely to put your trap out each Friday night and record the catch.
It isn't easy for me as records' hub to extract this data and send it in on your behalf but it is possible. If you would like me to do this I will - just let me know. It is fairly easy to do this yourself though.
There will be a web site for this project very soon and a guidance document is available (which I can pass on). I'll keep you all posted of further developments.