Fort Augustus Moths - June 26 2016
Jean and Tony Denison own 12 acres of ground on the edge of Fort Augustus which they manage sympathetically for wildlife. The site contains a large area of oak and birch dominated woodland with luxuriant ground cover, including extensive patches of blueberry. There is also a wildflower meadow with orchids. The whole site is full of excellent moth habitat. The owners have a good bird and plant list for the site but no-one had previously looked for moths.
Six traps were run overnight of 25/26 June with conditions being perfect for midges – calm, warm, overcast and drizzly – and hence good for moths too. In the morning, only a handful of people turned up for the event but it was a case of quality not quantity, with two VC recorders, an ex-VC recorder and the Conservation Manager of Dundreggan Estate (Trees for Life) present.
Luckily, moths turned up in good numbers and during the course of the morning we notched up an incredible 77 species!! Highlights in terms of rarity were Marbled Brown, with only two previous records for the VC, and Valerian Pug. But there were plenty of cracking-but-not-so-rare moths, such as Elephant and Poplar Hawkmoths, Pebble Hook-tip, Gold and Map-winged Swifts, Peppered, Drinker, Beautiful Golden Y, Foxglove Pug and Birch Mocha.
After 3 hours going through the moth traps, with only a short break for coffee, we were thoroughly mothed-out but what a fantastic number of species we had seen. Full list below.
Brussels Lace Marbled Brown
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