Monday, 8 June 2015

Salem

Sadly i haven't been able to trap in Carmarthenshire recently but i went looking for marsh frits and foresters on Salem Common in the sunshine yesterday.
The grass is recovering from the recent burn but there were very few flowering plants visible - only one marsh frit was seen in my time there and no foresters yet this year:
I then went and investigated the larger part of the common which is on the other side of the road - this is completely unmanaged and has become rank and is well on the way to becoming birch woodland. No sign of any DBS either. It would be great to get some of the saplings cleared and the rank Molinia thinned but i'm not sure there's any prospect of that at the moment unfortunately - the annually burnt area is still better for marsh frits at the moment.
I also went searching around my parents hay fields in the hope of seeing some nice day-flyers (as per Steve below) but all i really had was a cinnabar and a couple of micros: Micropterix calthella, Glyphipterix simpliciella and Bactra lancealana. I did have nice views of this female Nemophora degeerella on my way to the common though.


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