This Saturday, 07-06-14 the MMG (Montgomeryshire Moth Group) is holding a mothing event at Trafel Gwyn in the far south of the county. This upland site has never been trapped before and therefore every species we record will put a new dot on the map. Many southern areas of the county have had very little trapping done over the years, so the overall known distribution of species is very patchy indeed, so this particular event may well throw up a few good surprises. So please come along and join us for what I hope will be an excellent evening’s mothing.
Full event details are:-
Venue: Trafel Gwyn.
Target Species: Upland species.
Event Date: Saturday 7 June 2014.
Event time: 8:30 onwards, at the trapping site.
Directions: If approaching from the north (Llangurig), travel along the A470 from Llangurig roundabout for about 4 miles; you will pass the entrance to Bryn Titli wind-farm on your left; signal to turn right at this point, in case of following traffic. Immediately after the wind farm entrance, the road bends right, and immediately after the bend is a right turn signed 'Dernol'; take this turn. It is the only right turn on to a side-road between Llangurig and Rhayader.
If approaching from the south (Rhayader), travel along the A470 from Rhayader for about 5 miles until you get to a left turn signed 'Dernol' (at the moment it appears to say 'Jerno'); take this turn. It is the only left turn on to a side-road between Rhayader and Llangurig.
Once on the lane to Dernol, go down the steep hill, over the River Wye, and continue on the same lane (ignore the left turn just after crossing the Wye bridge). Just under a mile after turning off the A470 you will see an old chapel in front of you; take the 'no through road' up the left-hand side of the old chapel. A 100yds or so up this lane you cross a cattle grid, and shortly after this is a wooden bungalow, 'Glandernol', on the right - tea and coffee will be available here if anyone wants a drink after the event (park on the land next to the river by the cattle grid). The site we will be trapping on is just before the end of this lane (you may have to go through several gates), where it crosses the small river, about 1½ miles from the old chapel turn-off. There is some parking on the sides of the lane, and firm standing with parking space in front of a shed to the left of the lane. We will be able to use this shed for shelter while inspecting the catch, unless there is an unforeseen sheep-related urgent need for the farmer to use it. This site is very popular with midges, though they are unlikely to be much of a problem this early in the summer; it's probably best to be prepared. Grid Reference: SN895758.
Montgomeryshire Moth Group (MMG) is an independent voluntary group of people interested in moths. All ages are welcome to attend events whether experts or beginners.
This year all the events are light trapping events. We set up the light traps at dusk to attract moths and then release them after identification.
As with all our evening events, please bring a torch and wear suitable outdoor clothing.
You are welcome to join us for as much of the evening that suits you, we are likely to stay for several hours. However, in case of cancellation, due to poor weather or unforeseen circumstances, always ring or e-mail to check the event is on before joining us.
Please note that some sites are not easy to find, so please make sure you know where the venue is before you set off.