Tuesday 26 January 2021

January Challenge 3 weeks in

Hello Moth-ers - the chart below shows the state of play at the three week point of the challenge and I have to congratulate Alec Undrill from Essex who is the first moth-er taking part to achieve the 10 macro species part of the challenge. Other moth-ers doing well are Alan Sibley (also from Essex) and Sue Southam and Peter Williams from Montgomeryshire, so we may well have some more joining Alec by the end of the month.

So far January has been pretty changeable, but with a definite bias to being wet and cold, so trapping has been quite challenging, but well done to all those having a go, hopefully the last week of the month will see a few milder nights boosting all our totals.



Saturday 16 January 2021

January Challenge - 2 week update

Hello All,

The attached chart shows the data at the two week point I've received so far in this year's 'January challenge'. The best personal list of macros so far is eight species, while the best micro list is for only one species, but with over two weeks still to go I would imagine the lists to get bigger. 13 species in total have been recorded during the month.


Thursday 14 January 2021

Hello Moth-ers,

We're coming up to the two week point in the 'January Challenge' and the latter part of the week has certainly become milder for many of us, so hopefully we'll see a few more species turning up.

For all those taking part in the challenge please let me know the following details since the beginning of the month (please reply with your details on this post): -


      1) Total list of species recorded.

      2) Total count of each species recorded

      3) Total number of nights you trapped.


Please remember, you can join in on this challenge whenever you like and for anyone taking part for the first time, the following simple rules apply: -


1) Adults only to be recorded.

2) Records from a single site only.

3) Using one trap only. Don’t have a trap – no problem, records other than from a trap e.g. daytime observations, moths to lit windows etc. can also count as long as they're from the same site.

4) Anyone can take part, but if you're not a recorder in Montgomeryshire you will have to let me know you're taking part so that I can contact you for your results.

I will ask you for your results at the end of January when I will ask you for a simple list of:-


This year I plan to make the challenge a bit more interactive by posting weekly updates on our Facebook page, where you can all comment and keep an eye on how the challenge is panning out.

I will publish the final results on our Facebook page and on our blog in early February, once all the results are in.

Have fun – see if you can beat your total of last year.



Saturday 9 January 2021

January Challenge after the first week


Below is the 'January Challenge' chart after the first week of the month. The week was very cold both day and night, hopefully things will pick up in the coming days. The chart will be updated throughout the month.


Friday 1 January 2021

2121 lockdown 'January Challenge' - off to a chilly start


Hello Moth-ers,


A happy New year to you all.


Just a reminder that the 2021 January Challenge kicks off tonight – so dust those traps off and fire them up.


I will be doing a weekly update on our Facebook page for those who like to keep an eye on the action (as well as posting the final table on Facebook and our blog, at the beginning of February), but to enable you to join in, in this interactive way on Facebook, you’ll have to join our Facebook group page, just let me know and I’ll sign you up.


Here is a link to our Facebook page so you can see what it’s like:- www.facebook.com/groups/montymoths?sorting_setting=CHRONOLOGICAL


Good luck.