Visit to Cranwich Camp and Heath, 29th June 2013
As a new venture Norfolk branch organised a trip to Cranwich Camp and Heath on Saturday 29th June 2013 which was happily blessed with fine, warm weather, at least from lunchtime onwards, The area has been specially managed for plants and insects, most notably some very special moths, two of which, Grey Carpet and the micro Basil Thyme Case-bearer are found nowhere else in the British Isles.
Some 30 members and guests attended and after opening three traps which had been set the night before and pouring over their contents, rapidly spread out over the flower filled grassland seeing such special moths as Forester, Marbled Clover, Oblique Striped as well as several specialist micros. Although low in numbers, there were also butterflies to watch and photograph, including Common Blues, Brown Argus, Ringlets, Small Heaths and some early Meadow Browns.
The management of the area also includes work on two nearby rides and although no Grey Carpets were seen, most of us had the real compensation of a showy Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth nectaring and then roosting on Vipers Bugloss.
Many thanks to all who helped and particularly to Sharon Hearle who shared her valuable knowledge of the site with us, as well as putting the traps out.