Monday 9th to Tuesday 10th March 2020, 6:00pm-10:00pm


  • Colin Edwards

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Join BC staff and volunteers on a night-time hunt for Lunar Yellow Underwing moth caterpillars on the Tentsmuir NNR in Fife.

Lunar Yellow Underwing is a very scarce moth in Scotland with Tentsmuir being its last surviving site. In England the moth is most regularly monitored and surveyed via night-time caterpillar searches.  So to increase our chances we will be joined by Sharon Hearle, Butterfly Conservation’s East England Regional Conservation Manager.  Sharon has a wealth of experience managing for and monitoring Lunar Yellow Underwing, especially at the larval stage, at a number of Breckland sites.

We will be running the event over two nights in March between 6pm and 10 pm to maximise our chances of finding larvae as well as doubling our chances of getting a dry and mild night.  You are welcome to attend on either or both evenings.

We will meet at the automatic barrier at the entrance to Forestry and Land Scotland’s Kinshaldy car park (Grid reference NO488238) in Tentsmuir Forest at 6pm on both evenings. This lies 1½ miles (2.4 km) east of the B945 between Leuchars and Tayport in northeast Fife.  Simply follow the brown signs for Kinshaldy Beach from the church in the middle of Leuchars village.