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Moth numbers in sharp decline

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Moths, and the creatures which rely on them for food, have suffered a major drop in numbers in the past 40 years, according to conservationists.

The number of moths in the UK has dropped by around a third, denying bats a vital source of food.

One wildlife group, Butterfly Conservation, is asking the public to join in a scheme counting moths to help them determine which species are worst affected.

Dr Zoe Randle, from Butterfly Conservation, told BBC Breakfast exactly why they are so important.

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