John Edwards ran three traps in the Magic Garden last night as it was National Moth Night. Not exactly ideal conditions and it’s likely the low lying, damp ground here exaggerated the cold as it was a dreadful catch, only 23 moths of six species! However, it did include two new species for the parish (and indeed new for John’s British list) – Orange Sallow (a scarce and local species in Yorkshire) and a new micro Acleris laterana.
The commonest species' caught were Brown-spot Pinion (of which there is only one previous parish record) and a number of these Rosy Rustics. Classic autumn moths.
I drove on to the bridge car-park but there was no further sign although its progress could be gauged by the reactions of the local Lapwing flocks which shot up in panic as it headed back towards Scruton/Great Langton.