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St Nicholas CofE School moth count

Surveying moths is a really rewarding hobby and is vital for monitoring biodiversity in our countryside and gardens, so earlier this month, pupils from St Nicholas Church of England Primary School in Henstridge kindly allowed Stephen to lay a moth trap in their learning garden overnight. The following morning, they were all amazed to discover that the trap had attracted 39 Macro moth species, including the Elephant Hawk Moth, Flame Shoulder and Willow Beauty, and 16 Micro species, including Udea prunails, Hysopygia glaucinalis and Anania lemnata (small magpie), giving the children an opportunity to learn about the various species around and also demonstrating to Stephen which species are present in the region.

Stephen is always looking for new sites to carry out moth surveys, so if you’d like to know how many moths visit your garden at night then please do get in touch by calling 01935 814633.



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Lepidopterists of all ages are welcome to join us over the next two weekends to see what our in-house moth enthusiast, Steve catches in his overnight moth traps. The first free Moth Day is on Saturday 21 March at Brimsmore Gardens in Yeovil and if the dry weather holds and we have minimal wind, he hopes to capture specimens from five different species. As well as studying the species that are caught, there will be plenty of caterpillar pictures, fact sheets and children’s activities.

Moth Day is free to attend and will take place at each garden centre from 10am – 4pm on the following dates.

Brimsmore Gardens – 21 March 2015

Poundbury Gardens – 22 March 2015

Castle Gardens – 28 March 2015

For more information about making your garden a welcoming environment for moths and identifying different species, please contact Stephen Fry on 01963 814633.


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