Feathered Gothic

Feathered Gothic

Last Friday night between 7.30pm and 9.30pm the visitor centre was alive with staff, volunteers and visitors, all looking for bats and moths. Using bat detectors and light traps the idea was to see what was flying before the season ends. By the end of the evening about 100 moths, of 20 different species, had been found.

The Feathered Gothic is typically found on the wing in August and September and is readily attracted to the light traps. It prefers rough grassland and downland and consequently is common here in the Park. 

White-point

White-point

 The White-point is a visitor to the south coast, flying over in August and September. The numbers coming over are variable but in good years breeding will take place leaving temporary localised populations.

As with the butterflies, moth species in the UK are in general decline. However their range is spreading north, probably due to climate change. And since the start of this century 28 new moth species have been discovered in the UK. 

For further information about moths try these web-sites;

www.butterfly-conservation.org and www.back-garden-moths.co.uk

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