Big Kentish Glory Egg Hunt, Aviemore - Thursday 16th June
10am to 3pm
Kentish Glory is a large, beautiful, iconic, spring moth that despite its name is confined in the UK to Scotland, where its distribution is centred on the Cairngorms and Culbin Forest on the Moray coast.
Surveys since 2017, in partnership with the Rare Invertebrates in the Cairngorms Project, using pheromone lures developed by Dr Joe Burman at Canterbury Christchurch University have been very successful at discovering the moth at new sites and confirming its presence at former sites. However, the lures only attract males and it is unclear if these locations are breeding sites, or just stray males.
The aim of the day is to survey Granish to determine the status of the moth at the site by looking for egg batches and caterpillars. In doing so it will also provide suitable training in the hope that attendees will be sufficiently enthused to get out and undertake egg/larva surveys to confirm breeding locations elsewhere.
We will meet at the Aviemore Kart Raceway car park which is just on the northern outskirts of the village. From Aviemore head north for 3/4 of a mile until you reach the right hand turn off for Ritchie’s’ recycling plant. Turn right here, drive past the entrance to the recycling plant which is on the left, and you will come to the entrance to the kart track on the right hand side, which is clearly sign posted. (Postcode PH22 1QD Grid reference NH901147).
From the north the turn off is the first on the left as you come off or drive past the Aviemore (north) slip-road from the A9.
For more information contact
Tom Prescott, Butterfly Conservation Scotland
Tel: 01540 661469. Mob: 07979 785665.
Genevieve Tompkins, Rare Invertebrates in the Cairngorms Project Officer
Mob: 07812 738109
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