Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Garden Moths

Lade - warm, dry,  sunshine and cloud, SW 2 - The moth trapping season here at Plovers has got off to a slow start this year with few moths, and mostly zero catches; until last night that is when the weather conditions were more suitable. Cloud cover and light airs following a hot day did the trick with 25 moths of 10 macro species including a Toadflax Brocade, a localised speciality of the herb-rich shingle ridges associated with the Dungeness National Nature Reserve.

                                Tawny Shears and Toadflax Brocade

  The recent warm spell has produced a spectacular floral display across the NNR as the Broom  replaces the Gorse as the predominate colour yellow. Vetches are out in great clumps along the old railway line along with spikes of Foxglove and carpets of snow-white Sea Campion. On the still waters Marsh Frogs have found their voices, while the reedbeds are filling up with the song of Reed Warblers and Cuckoo. Huge spawning Carp can also be seen flopping around in the shallows.

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