Transparent Burnet Moth Workshop
Organiser: BC Scotland and Lorn Natural History Group
Target Species: Transparent Burnet
Date: Tuesday June 26
Meeting place: In Forestry Commission Scotland’s Ben Lora car park in the centre of Benderloch. Grid reference NM905380.
Directions. The car park is situated almost in the middle of Benderloch village just off the main road and to the south and on the same side of the road as the village shop and petrol station.
Description: The event will focus on the beautiful day-flying Transparent Burnet moth, which is restricted in the UK to around thirty colonies on the west coast of Scotland and neighbouring islands from Skye to the Mull of Kintyre. The steep south-facing slopes of Ben Lora are one of the best sites in the country for this wonderful moth, which is reliant on Wild Thyme, the caterpillar’s sole foodplant and also used by the adult to moth for nectar. The aim of the day is to encourage participants to look for the moth at other suitable locations in Argyll and the neighbouring islands, to help determine its current status.
Approx duration: 2-3 hours field trip. Dependant on the weather and fitness of participants we will either follow the path through FCS’s woodland to the summit of Ben Lora and search the upper slopes or drive to a nearby farm where we will explore the lower slopes.
What’s needed: Plenty of sunshine, stout walking shoes and a good sense of humour!
Any other information: Tea and coffee will be provided on arrival along with a brief introductioin about the moth. Butterfly books and charts will be available to buy as well as free butterfly and moth leaflets to take away.
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