Abbreviation  Description
 BRC  Biological Records Centre
 MoD  Ministry of Defence
 MoGBI  Moths of Great Britain & Ireland (series of books published by Harley)
 MV  Mercury Vapour (bright bulb used in moth traps) 
 NMS  National Museums of Scotland
 NNR  National Nature Reserve
 RIS  Rothamsted Insect Survey (national light-trap survey begun in 1968)
 RSPB  Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
 SNH  Scottish Natural Heritage
 SWT  Scottish Wildlife Trust
 UK BAP  UK Biodiversity Action Plan (national plan to conserve and enhance biodiversity)
 VC  Vice-county
 WWT  Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust