But the counts and good records have exceeded other years by a long way. Jersey tigers which have been around Taunton for the last few years but are now spreading being seen futher afield. Please keep the records coming in so we can monitor their spread
I thought I was doing well just over our Border in the old VC of Dorset doing a trapping session for a local ladies group. They were well impressed 1041 moth making 104 species. But this was totally eclipsed By James McGill with over 2000 moths in two traps at Thurlbear Farm making 212 species(hope that is right). Anyway Well done james just on the fortitude front carrying on counting all those large yellow underwings.
On this theme many moth recorders ask me do we need to count numbers of moths. The answer is yes accurate numbers are important. However I realise that some times it is a real difficult task and whilst James and I have it polished off to an art form it will not suit all recorders. So to answer the question please try to count them all or at least a valid under estimate. There is no need to exagerate.
I include this fantastic moth because I have now recoreded it on the Exmoor and Haddon Hill recently. The former site is a fantastic valley with a very special Owner who is dedicating it to wildlife. Well we started him off with a brillaint mothing session 112 species and to make the evening cvery special wine was supplied to ease the dusty moth'ers dry throats. My thanks to Bob and his wife who later at some time in the early morning laid on food as well. We will be back that is a certainty.
Well as I type this the weather is on the change which will give me time to catch up I hope.
Best wishes to all keep those records coming in