Friday 9 June 2023

Llanfyllin Workhouse Event 13 May 2023

 It seems a long time ago now, but we held the first night-time event of the season at Llanfyllin Workhouse.  This was a joint event with Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, and it was well attended, with about 20 people there.  

We first of all watched Swifts flying over the fields around the workhouse and coming into roost (incredible to watch them fly straight up into their nests/roosts).  I didn't realise that swifts collect what they need to build their nests in flight, and then pack it all together using their own saliva! Then Lottie led a bat walk around the grounds.  Although they detected a few, there weren't many bats around, and this was a fairly good indication of how the moths would go too.  It was a distinctly chilly evening.

Anyhow, we did our best and managed to record 10 macros and 1 micro.  The list will be attached here. Unfortunately I completely forgot to take any photos as Mark & I were going on holiday the following day, and it was all a bit hectic, but luckily Lottie did take some.  Take my word for it, we had a lovely Lesser Swallow Prominent, a beautiful Aphomia sociella, and in the end what turned out to be a handsome Sallow Kitten, hiding behind the white sheet.  Many thanks to Phil again for lending us his white sheet.  And to Paul & Sandy for help with setting up.  And Simon for helping with identification.  

Sallow Kitten by Lottie Glover

And Llanfyllin Workhouse was a lovely venue.  They made us very welcome with hot drinks and biscuits.  Thanks to Lottie for arranging the event.  It would be well worth going again another time.  The next event is coming up: Saturday 17 June at Llyn Coed y Dinas.  Further details coming on Facebook soon.  Then in July we will be helping with the Gerddi Bro Dyfi Gardens bioblitz on Friday 7 July.  Again there will be more details on Facebook.  Hope to see some of you there.  

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