Minimize road lighting to reduce insect attraction
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Illuminating roads at night is an important part of traffic and pedestrian safety, but poses a risk to moths which are attracted to artificial lights, and therefore disrupted from their natural behaviours such as feeding and reproduction. Minimizing lighting on roads, either by reducing the number or intensity of lights, restricting the timing of lighting, or using motion-sensitive lighting which only activates when required, may help to reduce the impacts on moth populations.
For studies on reducing the impacts of lighting generally, see actions under “Threat: Pollution”.
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This Action forms part of the Action Synopsis:Butterfly and Moth Conservation
Butterfly and Moth Conservation - Published 2022
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