Ashen Oleander, a PhD student at Canterbury Christ Church University, is working on developing pheromone lures for a number of rare moths. He had great success last summer in attracting Foresters Adscita statices with a lure developed by a research group in Crimea with moths attracted to the lure within 15 minutes of it being on site.
He is setting up a nationwide surveyy with almost all VCs participating. The work would involve taking the lure (which Ashen would provide) to a minimum of 2 sites in the county during a 2-week interval at the end of June/early July and recording the number of moths attracted, the grid reference and date. The process is quick and will only take about 20 minutes on site. Sites where Foresters have and have not been recorded should be investigated.
SMG members - please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) ASAP if you are uinterested in taking part in the survey so that I can ask Ashen tro provide lures. Numbers are limited (3 or 4 max.) but the lures can be reused.