Parishes and Groups

Annual moth group reports

Lunar Thorn

This page will contain annual reports from Mary Atkinson and others in our group starting with 2015. Published in a pdf format, you will need some kind of pdf reader software such as Adobe Reader to open them. These are available as free downloads from the internet.

These reports can be downloaded for you to view on your own computer or device. 


Moth Nights 2014

Led by Mary Atkinson, three sites were selected across our area, all set within woodland of one kind or another.

On Thursday, July 3rd., a lamp was set up on the edge of Halvana Plantation near East moor. At Middlewood, a woodland garden setting was the location for the Friday night of July 4th. And on the Saturday, a trap was set right on the edge of the county above the river Tamar near Carthamartha.   

A list of species to download is available below as a pdf. 

A selection of moths from Sue & Jen:

National Moth Night reports

Several of us record moths on the National Moth Nights (link to the national web-site), either as individuals or in small groups.

2016 dates are: the nights of June 9th, 10th and 11th with hawkmoths being the main focus. Once we have an idea of the weather, we will publicise details on the LAPWG web-site nearer the time.

Saved ~ a hibernating dormouse near North Hill

At the end of March, 2012, Matthew Careswell was just finishing some work on a hedge close to the village. He stopped for a break and could hear a high pitched squealing coming from the ground which he tracked to a small heap of dead leaves in a shallow hollow about 1.5 metres out from the hedge.

Investigating further, he uncovered a hibernating Dormouse and luckily he recognised what it was and contacted Cornwall Wildlife for advice.

Bat boxes

Questions are often asked about the use and provision of bat boxes.

Tony has offered some words of advice on the subject and there is a pdf leaflet available from the bat Conservation Trust (see below for a download).

The Siting of bat boxes.

2011 Monitoring bats locally for national schemes

Tony Atkinson explains how local recording fits in with the national monitoring schemes:

National Bat Monitoring Programme: 2011. A. Atkinson


Hibernation for dormice is still the subject of considerable research and as with other species, the length of the hibernation period and how often and to what degree the animals wake up seems to be dependant on several different factors such as temperature, initial body weight, food supply etc. When an animal wakes up it uses a lot of energy so if there are no food supplies to replenish this, survival is less likely.

Dormice in Hedges

A young hedge with good mix of speciesIn October 2010, some members from LAPWG and the Cornwall Mammal Group attended an event at Locks Park Farm near Hatherleigh in Devon where the evidence of dormouse activity comes from nests in hedges, not from nibbled nuts!

Pond Check

POND CHECK ~ help stop the spread of these non-native pond plants by assisting ERCCIS with this new project. The details below are taken from the page on their web site. They provide downloadable ID sheets, management advice and recording forms.

Launceston Findings


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