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Newsletter 13: Spring 2008


Chairman's Introduction | Highland Branch News | Pale Brindled Beauty
Notes from the East | Promoting Butterflies and Moths in Sutherland and Caithness, 2007
Moth Recording in East Ross-shire (VC 106), 2007 | National Moth Night, Tannera Mor, August 2007
Common Blue | Field Trips Report, 2007 | Moth Traps | Books, Hatches and Dispatches | Moths Count
The Historic Treaty of Kindrogan | Report from the West Coast, 2007

Field Trips Report

Culbin Forest Field Trip in April 2007. Photo by Jimmy McKellar.We had 6 trips in 2007, and despite the apparently appalling weather we actually managed to fit most of them into dry days. Culbin was our first meeting and you can tell from the group and the picture the weather was kind to us.

Clytra quadripunctata - the beetle found at Culbin. Photo by J McKellar.




We didn’t see our target species, Kentish Glory, but we did see Pearl-bordered Fritillary and a rather interesting beetle.



Chequered Skipper butterfly at Allt Mhuic. Photo by J McKellar.


Next we had a day out to our reserve at Allt Mhuic where a very obliging Chequered Skipper sat patiently while we all took multiple photographs.



Ringlet at Camore Wood, near Dornioch. Photo by J McKellar.


Another fine day at Camore Wood produced our most northerly colony of Ringlets and luck was with me as I managed to snap one as it rested sunning itself in a glade.


Our group at Findhorn Foundation Garden. Photo by J McKellar.


The planned trip to Findhorn turned into what must rank as one of the most miserable days we have ventured out in. Despite this we changed our plan and instead visited the gardens which were a delight.

Meadow Brown butterfly sheltering in polytunnel. Photo by J McKellar.


Faced with the makings of a complete disaster we did manage one butterfly, a solitary Meadow Brown sheltering in a polytunnel. It was a delight.



The only other trip was a moth trapping event which Tony Mainwood has covered elsewhere in this Newsletter. All told it was a very pleasant year with lots of good weather, good company and excellent results.

Jimmy McKellar

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