2013 photos & vids here
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Lot to learn
We had a few nice days last week & all of a sudden we had a Brimstone, then the next day, 2 Peacocks, 2 Red admirals & 2 Speckled woods.
A few more moths in & around the trap too, a Brindled Beauty
a Dotted Border
& my favourite was this micro-moth a Rufus-margined Button moth
They were all taken at a local Château with a wooded garden, I had to drop the traps off around 5h30pm so I could get home before the curfew & then back the next morning to see what was there, 11 species in all.
Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France
Definitely not good news H, our lockdown appears to be having desired effect but who knows what awaits after easing of restrictions introduced ... it's a weird time to be living through, trying to keep occupied to avoid depression! At last the weather is perking up with some very welcome sunshine, that should encourage some flying things! Take care
In reply to gaynorsl:
It is not just farmers, Gaynor, but a lot of folk, even some of the nicest, and some of them even nature, and bird-and-other-wildlife lovers, who seem to suffer from the same problem and just cannot resist manicuring, trimming and tidying up their space regardless of the time of year or of their possible knowledge that wildlife needs a bit of messy, unkempt plant life and other creatures around them in order to eat, breed and live. Perhaps it is some inheritance from the Victorians or whoever originated the notion that a tidy desk/house/whatever means a tidy mind or some such rubbish. Presumably the folk obsessed with tidying also are concerned about how others will view them if their hedges, lawns, etc., are not kept beautifully sculpted. A couple of years ago we heard a great talk about the speaker's efforts to persuade farmers in his area to only prune their hedges no more than every third year and also to only prune a third of their hedges each year. This gives the hedge plants time to flower which then feeds invertebrates, which feeds other wildlife and increases biodiversity, and the wider, wilder hedge growth shelters and protects wildlife as well. I was thrilled with the talk, but even though Mr GB (one of those nicest, nature-loving folk, or I would not have married him!) heard the same talk, he is still obsessed with tidying the garden far more than I would prefer. What can you do?!--Lol!
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