Tuesday, April 30, 2013

This is my 3rd year doing moth trapping with the Garden Moth Scheme, I'd done some trapping in the garden for a couple of years, but didn't put the trap out that often.  The GMS involves trapping every Friday night for 36 weeks from early March to November, you can miss up to 7 weeks as long as you miss no more than 3 in a row.  You put out your trap in the same spot in the garden each week, you can trap either a couple of days early or late, but the Friday is preferred if possible unless the weather is so bad that the moths or the trap would be damaged.  Last Friday was one of those nights with high winds and torrential rain, so I trapped on the Saturday instead.  All I caught was a single Hebrew Character, so that makes 5 moths of 3 species in the 1st 9 weeks of the scheme this year. 

A quick walk around the woods yesterday of just under an hour brought me another 13 new species for the year bringing my total to 65.  One of these was a gorgeous male Redstart which I haven't seen in the square before.  Another spring migrant was a Willow Warbler, the other 11 species were plants.  Some of these were flowering, others are pretty easy ones that I can recognise without flowers.  The full list is below along with a picture of a Wood Anemone.

Date Added
Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character
27th of April
Phoenicurus phoenicurus Redstart
29th of April
Phylloscopus trochilus Willow Warbler
29th of April
Vaccinium myrtillus Blaeberry
29th of April
Myrica gale Bog Myrtle
29th of April
Cytisus scoparia Broom
29th of April
Urtica dioica Common Nettle
29th of April
Vaccinium vitis-idaea Cowberry
29th of April
Lonicera periclymenum Honeysuckle
29th of April
Ficaria verna Lesser Celandine
29th of April
Calluna vulgaris Heather
29th of April
Caltha palustris Marsh Marigold
29th of April
Anemone nemorosa Wood Anemone
29th of April
Oxalis acetosella Wood Sorrel
29th of April

Wood Anemone - Anemone nemorosa

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