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Thursday, 25 August 2016

The porch light returns

I have been back & forth between Carmarthenshire and Monmouthshire this year, but almost all my mothing has been in the latter county {some might suggest I'm a neglectful county recorder for Carms...}.  Anyway, with dawn getting later I can combine a normal night's sleep with some Cnwc moths, thanks to the trusty porch light.  15 species appeared on each night (23/8 & 24/8), with relatively little overlap, so 23 species in total.  Highlights were Antler on 23/8, and Hedge Rustic, Flounced Rustic, Nomophila noctuella, Udea ferrugalis and a gorgeous Treble-bar on 24/8.

An NVC survey day on one of the bogs at Disgwlyfa, Pontyberem on 23/8 produced rather few moths, with Endothenia marginana perhaps the highlight.  I'll be back next week and hope to do a bit of leaf-mining.  On my way back east on 24/8 I paused at the entrance to Halfway Forest, thinking I was just in VC44, but a check on the NBN Gateway revealed that the Vice-county boundary differs from the current boundary in this area, so my 10 leafmines were all in VC42 :-(


  1. Are there no birds around Cnwc Sam? If I leave the porch light on here I have to be up at the crack of dawn to check the area, otherwise the hungry Robins and Tits make short work of them.

  2. Great to see you back in vc44, albeit temporarily Sam. We expect great things of you in terms of records during your short stays!
    The boundary issue (Watsonian v administrative) is one to be careful of - there are some post 1980 boundary changes in the far west of Carms (that bit that sticks out into Pembs) and also on Mynydd Betws, S of Ammanford.