Moths, Moorland and Fundraising

Wednesday, July 25th 2012

The warm nights we have experienced over the last few days provide ideal conditions for moths.  The moth trap was set as usual last night; this morning it was full, with well over 150 moths across more than 30 species identified.

Garden Tiger Moth

Among the more impressive moths caught were two Garden Tigers, which are unmistakable.  The dark brown spots and blotches are so highly variable that no two moths are exactly alike.  If disturbed it displays its orange hind-wings with vivid blue-black spots.

Blood Vein

This rather striking Blood Vein was also found, and is the first example we have seen this year.  The damp herb-rich habitat at Foxglove provides ideal conditions for this species.

Bridge Repair

Out on the moorland Team Tony began repairing the worn and kicked up wire at the end of all the bridges.  They have made a really smart job of this - Thank you!  The Belted Galloways and sheep are beginning to make an impact on some areas of the moorland, helping us to control the growth of coarse grasses.

Belted Galloway

The money raised at Tesco on Saturday has been counted up with a total of £246.01 raised.  This represents a fantastic effort from all those who gave up their time to help; thank you to everyone involved, your help is much appreciated by everyone here at Foxglove.

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