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MAY BE SUNDAY THE 29TH MAY.
A visit to see the rewards of previous habitat management undertaken by members of Highland branch.
Come and find out more about the fascinating and wonderful world of moths. On the Friday evening there will be an introduction to moths and how to attract them using moth traps and other attractants. Those wanting a late night can then help set up traps at nearby sites and see moths coming in as darkness falls. On the Saturday morning the moth traps will be checked at Seadrift. All moths caught will be released unharmed.
In the morning the event will provide an introduction to the Small Blue, Britain’s smallest butterfly. In the afternoon we will visit some of the nearby colonies to look for the butterfly and see its haunts.
Looking for the colonies of Small Blue and Dingy Skipper butterflies.
Help the scarce Small Blue butterfly at Ardersier Bay by planting its food plant, kidney vetch, along the shore path. All equipment provided.
This is a privately owned woodland that has never been moth-trapped before. The owners have kindly allowed us access to survey for moths. Traps will be run during the previous night and who knows what we might discover?!
A walk that will take us through mixed woodland habitat to a large open area noted for its butterflies and hopefully some day-flying moths. The very rare Chequered Skipper has been recorded in this area though at this date is almost past its flight time. The walk is all on good paths and forest roads and approximately 2 miles in length. There are no steep slopes but a long gentle incline on the way back
The Kentish Glory moth is found only in the central and eastern Scottish Highlands. It used to be found in southern Britain, hence the name, but hasn’t been seen there since about 1970. Apart from its rarity value, the adult moth is sought after because of its beautiful markings and relatively large size. But this field trip aims to find the also impressive larvae. For those who were lucky enough to see adults on an earlier field trip, this will add another stage to the life cycle!
If the weather is nice then it is hoped to see butterflies as well, for example Grayling and Dark Green Fritillary.
This is a long weekend trip leaving early Friday morning and returning late on the Sunday. Attendees will stay at Challan Hall B&B (see http://challanhall.co.uk ) and visit several sites around the Silverdale area. A similar trip in 2014, which ran earlier in the season to see Duke of Burgundy, was a great success and so it was decided to run it again this year but later in the season to see different species of butterflies and moths.
This event will be part of an open day held by Highland Liliums Garden centre. If weather conditions are reasonable, a good variety of moths should be caught.
There are outcroppings of limestone in the Tomintoul-Glenlivet area which support a lime-loving flora which is very localised in the Highlands. Our moth trapping will target such an area near Tomintoul since it is possible that there are moth species present whose foodplants are part of the lime-loving plant community.
A look through moth traps as part of the reserve’s annual monitoring of Dark Bordered Beauty moth, found at only three locations in Scotland. Last year, the moths were so late to emerge that none were seen at this event in late July but there were plenty of other moths to enjoy. This year, the event is a bit later in the season so hopefully we will see our target species.
We’ll walk upstream beside the Spey on a Fisherman’s track past farm fields to an open area beside woodland. Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Common Blue and Speckled Wood amongst others.
The Speyside Centre provides a sheltered car park surrounded by woodland. Moth traps will be run here the previous night and we will see what we catch. Hopefully, moths may be attracted by the range of flowers in the garden centre.
Another session of clearing and cutting back trackside vegetation and scrub to improve the habitat for Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Dingy Skipper. The work includes “weeding” sections previously cleared, as well as tackling un-cleared areas.
Our annual Members' Day is an informal chance to meet like-minded butterfly and moth enthusiasts and chat and hear about the wonderful highlights of the season.