Wednesday 24 July 2013

Dolforwyn Woods photos

Regular readers may recall that at the start of this year I announced my withdrawal from mothing activities at Morben Isaf; I can now reveal that I have defected over the county border to VC48 (Merionethshire) at our new caravan park at Bala.  However I still try to get to as many MMG events as I can, so when Peter W told me that his back problems wouldn't let him run the Dolforwyn Woods event and asked if I could help out (with Douglas as the main man), I was only too pleased to oblige.

As Douglas has summarised in his event report, we had a very good evening with well over 100 species noted including Lilac Beauty, Blomer's Rivulet and Beautiful Snout, none of which I'd seen before; and what was nice for me was to see such a high proportion of micro-moths amongst the catch - about 25% - including the colourful Agapeta zoegana, Aethes rubigana, Alabonia geofrella, Archips xylosteana (Variegated Golden Tortrix)  and Tortrix viridana (Green Oak Tortrix), all of which were new to me.

So here are a selection of photos from that evening, firstly some macro-moths:

Barred Yellow

Beautiful Snout
Blomer's Rivulet
Clouded Magpie
Lilac Beauty
Coronet  (fresh olive-green colouration)
 And now some of the more interesting micro-moths:

Aethes rubigana
Agapeta zoegana

Alabonia geoffrella
Apotomis turbidana

Archips xylosteana (Variegated Golden Tortrix)
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Tortrix viridana (Green Oak Tortrix)



Thursday 18 July 2013

Dolforwyn Woods MMG event

The species list and event report from Dolforwyn Woods have been uploaded to the events section of the website. You can view them here.

Wednesday 10 July 2013

Mothing and bat event at Dolforwyn Woods, Saturday 13 July

Hello Everyone,

Below are the details of MMG’s (Montgomeryshire Moth Group) forthcoming mothing event which is this Saturday at Dolforwyn Woods near Newtown. The event is being jointly hosted by the MMG, who will be running several moth traps throughout the evening and the MWT who will be doing a bat walk at dusk. So please come along and enjoy a great natural history evening of bats and moths.  

Full event details are:-

Venue: Dolforwyn Woods
Event Date: 13 July 2013
Event time: 8:30 onwards.
Directions: Going north on the A483 from Newtown to Welshpool you will see two signposts for Abermule on the right hand side of the road. Directly after the second signpost take the first left turn, signposted for Dolforwyn Castle. Dolforwyn Hotel is visible as you turn up this lane. Go straight on and follow the lane as it curves right for about 300yds. The reserve track is on the right. Follow the track for about 400yds until you reach a parking
Grid Reference: SO158956.

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.

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 bring a touch and suitable clothing.

Please note that some sites are not easy to find, so please make sure you know where the venue is before you set off.

All the best,