Dr Sheila Wright and John Osborne trap moths throughout the year at different locations in Nottinghamshire and we were delighted to invite them back for a second night of 'mothing'.
Not everyone's idea of a typical 'adrenalin rush', it is nevertheless, fascinating to see what is happening in the hidden hours after dark.
Before we began, Sheila told us that the coldest spring in fifty years had put the mothing calendar back about five weeks this year. the moths we would see would be more typical of April than the end of May. Add to this a full moon, flooding Cordwood with light and distracting the moths from Sheila and John's bright lights and unseasonably cold temperatures for the evening made for an inauspicious start. We would be lucky yo get into double figures of species trapped that night.
Lesser Swallow Prominent
Least Black Arches * (grade 3 moth of conservation concern)
White spotted Pug* (grade 3 moth of conservation concern)
Grey Pine Carpet
Having two moths of conservation concern on site was important for this moth trapping session. Although low in number, the count was higher than that at some local nature reserves! And the moths themselves were all things of beauty. Thanks to pal Mike for photographs.
Note: no bats were recorded during the evening.