After a very successful recording day at Friston Forest on Saturday I would like to thank everyone who attended for coming along and contributing to what was a great day.
Record highlights of the day include a White Admiral (Limenitis camilla), an Araneus angulatus, and a Nightjar feeding at dusk. We also heard three pairs of Tawny Owl and some were lucky enough to see one pair fly across the track in front of us. Ninety species of plants were speedily recorded by Arthur Hoare, and John Luck tracked down both Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) and Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) in every 1 km grid square in which the recording area sits. Vic Downer’s expert knowledge of Lullington Heath made for interesting comparisons with the neighbouring Friston Forest.
Lots of lovely moths turned up at the moth traps in the evening including Black Rustic, Sallow, Frosted Orange, Beautiful Carpet, Red-green Carpet and a “mystery moth” that Sam Bayley is going to investigate. The most apt moth of the evening was the Barred Hook-tip which is found in Beech woods, especially on calcareous soils and has colonised many areas where Beech is an introduction (info taken from the Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain & Ireland by Waring, Townsend and Lewington); in other words, it’s found in places exactly like Friston Forest. Thanks to Sam for bringing his moth-traps and moth enthusiasm along, and thanks to David Plummer for also bringing his moth-trap along!
We have already received some records back, and we look forward to receiving more records once people have time to sort through them. Don’t forget that there is an easy-to-use Excel spreadsheet add-in that has been specially designed for recorders to add their records to called Species Recorder.
I’m sure there will have been other exciting records for the day, so let us know what you found.
White Admiral picture © Penny and Dave Green.