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Our July talk is by Ed Tyler on the subject of “Permaculture: design using ecological principles”. It starts at 7.30 pm on Tue 9 July in the Seil Island Hall, Ellenabeich. Tea and biscuits after the talk.
On the night of Monday 10 June I set up the LNHG moth trap at Barcaldine School, and the next morning, with the help of Rosy Thomson and the staff and pupils, we examined the moths and worked out what they all were. We caught 49 moths of 29 different species (and a wasp). Photos here.
This month’s midweek recording field trip will be on Tue 28 May in Glen Euchar. This will be a special 3-in-1 event hosted by Rob Lightfoot. If weather conditions are suitable we’ll look at the birds caught in Rob’s netting and see him ring and release them. There will also be a moth trap set overnight for us to examine in the morning, but again this is weather-dependent. Finally we will explore the gorges behind Lagganbeg to see if they are as botanically rich as those on the other side of the glen. Late May is an ideal time to visit this habitat with its specialist flora.
You’ll need to arrive at 9 am to see the birds caught in the net being ringed and to see the moth trap opened. The walk will not start till 10 am at the earliest. If you arrive at our normal start time of 10 am, you will be shown how the bird net works, and will see all the moths that were in the trap apart from any that have flown off (usually only a minority fly off). You will also be in time for the walk.
To get there, take the Scammadale turning off the A816, and continue for about 1½ miles. Look out for a footbridge over the river next to the road, on the right. Soon after passing this, you will come to two driveways on your left. Take the second of these (the one with trees beside it) at NM 8620 2032. Rob’s is the third house you come to up this drive. Please car-share as much as possible!
If anything is not clear, please let me know! If you want to be told the evening before whether or not the weather is suitable for the bird and moth traps, please advise and I’ll contact you when the time comes. The walk will go ahead whatever the weather.
Looking forward to seeing everyone.
From 23 April to date (16 May), Redpolls have been a regular visitor at my bird feeders, which is very unusual. LNHG member Sallie Jack and 2 people who post to the Highland Biological Recording Group site have also been getting these for the first time. Are they more numerous than usual at the moment, or are they simply coming to bird feeders more than usual? I had 10 of them feeding at once yesterday.
Saw this one on Tuesday near the Clachan Bridge on the way to the LNHG talk.
LNHG now has the use of a moth trap. If anyone would like the trap set up in their garden please let me know. I would set it up in the evening, then come round the next morning and photograph all the moths and eventually send you a list of them. (some I can name on the spot) It’s great fun seeing what you’ve caught, and the moths are generally docile at that time so you can examine them and take your own photos if you wish. Also you will be helping to map the distribution of moths in Argyll which is still very imperfectly known.
On 7 May I set up the trap in an LNHG member’s garden and caught about 240 moths, an incredible number for the time of year. These included:
Barred Tooth-striped, designated “Nationally Scarce A”. A local speciality known from Glen Creran and Glen Nant, and now also from Fearnoch.
Powdered Quaker, “fresh and of the lovely salmon-pink form traditionally associated with bog-myrtle” according to Roy Leverton who verified the ID. 4 of these were in the trap.
Oak Nycteoline, a moth that rarely comes to light. It inhabits oak woods and is patterned to merge with a lichen-covered branch.
Our walk on Saturday 18 May will be held in conjunction with Inverawe Smokery, who are promoting this wild flower walk with a view to getting local people to come along as with Gary Goldie’s fungus foray held there last year when over 50 people turned out.
In order to make it more attractive to the public, this walk will start at 11 a.m. instead of our usual start time of 10 a.m. Meet in the Inverawe cafe car park which you reach by taking the Inverawe turn-off from the A85 about 2 miles east of Taynuilt.
The walk is expected to take about 2 hours and then those who wish can have lunch in the cafe. After lunch our regular attenders and anyone else who’s interested can continue our exploration of the rich variety of habitats at Inverawe.