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Chedington Farm moth trapping session August 29th 2020

We have sorely missed our weekend visit to Chedington Farm and woods this year but managed to arrange a night’s light-trapping on one of the organised National Moth Nights – Saturday August 29th. This is a brilliant venue for moth trapping (not only because of the wonderful hospitality afforded to us by Rob and Alex Appleby and their family – and the delicious breakfast), there is a great range of species rich habitats there. Unfortunately National Moth Night this year had been arranged for a weekend when the moon was almost full (not good for light-trapping!) and the night happened to be very cold for August.

Still we managed to record 81 species with the contents of the traps being identified by Tim Norriss, Jack Oughton and others.

We were also lucky to have bird ringers Richard and Rebecca Taylor with us for the evening and the following morning and were able to see a nice range of migrant and resident birds which they had caught in their nets.

DSC04501c83020 pale eggar Caroline Stringer

Pale Eggar.  Photo: Caroline Stringer

Lathyronympha strigana Chris Fox

Photo: Chris Fox

Dave Kingman breakfast

Breakfast on the terrace! Photo: Dave Kingman

The moth list for the night can be found here . A selection of photos from the weekend are to be found on this link.

Josh Evans has put together a very nice little film to record our event – it’s now on YouTube – see the link here.

We have tentatively arranged to hold our 2021 residential survey weekend at Chedington for the weekend of June 25 -27! Should be a perfect time of year!