Saturday 13 April 2013

Cors Caron event

There was a good turn out for the first event of the year. Liz had positioned traps around the bog and some local woodland. Despite a minimum overnight temperature of just 2 C, there was a good number of macro moths of 11 species: Yellow horned, Hebrew character, Small quaker, Common quaker, Chestnut, Clouded drab, Early grey, Red sword-grass, Oak beauty, March moth, and Red chestnut.

Early grey
Red chestnut
Yellow horned

After a refreshing coffee break, Ian showed us his Rothamsted trap and gave a very interesting explanation of its operation and the history of the recording scheme, which has been running for the last 50 years. The records have shown a dramatic drop in the numbers of moths recorded over that time, which should be a concern for all of us.

With little prospect of seeing the Orange underwings due to the lack of sunshine, we had a prolonged lunch at the Talbot in Tregaron.

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