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Moths in August

This summer's drought may affect moth populations next year, but it's very difficult to attribute causes as populations fluctuate season by season anyway. This year for example, Large Yellow Underwings seem unusually scarce over the whole country.

Copper Underwing moth (MA)

 

Big Butterfly Count finishes August 12th

Plenty of time to join in this year's Big Butterfly Count which finishes on August 12th.

Everything you need can be downloaded from their web-site, click here to link. And after this spell of welcome rain, it will be sunny again and the butterflies will be flying.

First hazel nuts opened by dormice

Last year, I picked up the first dormoussed hazel nut at the end of July and that was early but this year, it was ten days earlier on the 18th. Finding between one and two each morning below the edge of our wood; a gap of two days was followed by five this morning. Perhaps the rain encouraged them?

Anyway, this is to remind everyone to keep a look out for fallen hazel shells with neat, usually round, holes in the side. And please send records in ~ it is one of the most certain ways of finding out if dormice are present.

Moths in July

Antler Moths will appear often in some numbers on heathy grassland and moorland this month. The white markings on a dark brown background resemble antlers. They come to light but are often disturbed while walking.

My own private springwatch moment!

Up early this morning to attend to the moth trap which took ages because the catch was so good. Just before five I saw two wrens, one with a moth in its beak... Before I could say 'shame', two layers of beaks poked out from the open fronted nest box by the old sheep pen, then one shot out and the rest exploded out of the box. I think there were seven. Their first flight took them about three feet (a metre) across the steps.

All so quick and in minutes, the adults had herded them away into the dense hedge alongside.

Moths in June now with more photos!

The National Moth Nights from 14th to 16th June are focussing on the Pyralid group of Micro moths this year.

Speckled Yellow Moth

Day-flying moths are noticeable during summer walks: the brightly chequered black and yellow Speckled Yellow (right) is often disturbed from vegetation.

LAPWG membership, important!

I have contacted everyone on my email list so should have included all who have shown active interest/support in the last couple of years.

But I am conscious that there may be others who originally had a login for this website and follow our activities without making any direct contact.

A new website is planned before the autumn which not hold personal details so we now have a membership form which includes GDPR options and consents.

Cuckoos, swifts and swallows

If anyone is feeling bereft at not hearing a cuckoo this year, we heard two calling around Kilmar and Hawks Tor yesterday and they may well still be on Kit Hill where they were first heard by Peter C on April 19th. Craddock Moor is another area that you can walk to from Minions.

But there is now concern about the lack of Swifts this year and they were not at Truro cattle market when we were at the Hardy Plant Sale three weeks ago. We noted 7 flying down above the river Lynher mid month and saw one at Pentire Head. So worth noting and sending in records.

Old Rectory garden, St.Juliot, Boscastle, open for CWT

One of the gardens opening in aid of Cornwall Wildlife Trust this year and it's quite close by for some of us!

A lovely garden with a Thomas Hardy connection and especially beautiful at this time of year. 

Open from 2-5pm. £5 entry and there will be teas etc available. 

All the details are on the CWT website, click here to link to a new page. 

IMPORTANT~ act swiftly...!

Some of us will have already heard about this but Cornwall Wildlife Trust have a page where you can read more and then link to two government consultations for the public to respond and give their opinions about farming and the countryside and also planning regulations. Open spaces, wildlife sites, parks and the future of the countryside may all be affected.

Click here to link to the information provided by Cornwall Wildlife Trust and do respond and have your say~ it will count! 

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