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Polmaily Work party and Moth Morning

Saturday 12th September 2015, 10.30am-4.00pm
Polmaily, Near Drumnadrochit

Another session of clearing and cutting back trackside vegetation and scrub to improve the habitat for Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Dingy Skipper. This year’s event coincides with Moth Night so we will start the day by checking moth traps set the night before.

Cotoneaster Clearance Work Party

Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th September 2015, 10.30am-4pm
Kilninian, Mull

The day-flying Slender Scotch Burnet moth is known from only 6-7 sites on Mull, Ulva and Gometra and nowhere else in the UK. The moth inhabits low cliffs and grassy banks on or near the coast. Furthermore it is usually restricted to slopes with a sunny, south-facing aspect, with underlying basalt rock where its caterpillar’s sole foodplant, bird’s-foot trefoil, grows in short, flower-rich vegetation, with some bare ground. However, on the cliffs near Kilninian, the moth is threatened by encroachment from Cotoneaster. This invasive non-native shrub has escaped from gardens and has become well-established on the thin-soiled species-rich undercliffs and on the cliffs themselves.