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Details yet to be finalised but there will be plenty of games and activities for the whole family, along with guided walks etc. See Forestry Commission Scotland website for details nearer the time
A visit to see the rewards of previous habitat management undertaken by members of Highland branch.
Learn about surveying for moths, butterflies and the plants that they feed on with a focus on Chequered Skipper and Pearl-bordered Fritillary.
We have been requested to do some moth identification as in previous years. Traps will be put out the previous night and hopefully will add some new species to the Gearrchoille list.
Further targeted trapping to ascertain the status and distribution of Pine-tree Lappet moth.
We will walk up to the lodge (approx 300m) to look through moth traps that have been set out at several sites around the forest area the night before.
A walk onto the lower slopes of Meall Liath. The same trip in 2014 was successful in seeing Mountain Ringlet.
We will walk north along the shore-line cliffs. When we did this trip in 2014 we saw an amazing twelve species of butterfly, including the target species.
There is an interesting meadow just across the Old Spey Bridge with a variety of wild flowers along the edge of it beside the Spey. We can also walk back along the minor road where there are a couple of areas which are home to the Northern Brown Argus.
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.
We will walk through the reserve looking for butterflies (e.g. Speckled Wood, Dark Green Fritillary and Scotch Argus) and anything else of interest, such as Golden-ringed Dragonflies. Then, late afternoon or early evening we hope to see Purple Hairstreak butterflies as they habitually gather in the tops of oak trees.
A look through moth traps run the night before. When we moth trapped here in June 2014 we recorded 76 moth species (58 macro-moths and 18 micro-moths).
Another session of cutting back and clearing trackside vegetation to improve the habitat for Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Dingy Skipper.