We had a warm day at Cander Moss this Sunday. The highlight of our morning was the inspection of a moth trap set up for us by SWT Ranger Alex the night before - Thank you!. It was great to have experts with us who helped identify the 20 or so species that had taken residence in the trap overnight. We potted as many as we could and marvelled at the range of colours, shapes and sizes.
There were many Large Yellow Underwing, an impressive Garden Tiger, a pretty green July Highflyer, stunning Golden Spots and a Plain Golden Y and many more, which made for a lot of photo opportunities... - see the Gallery below with a selection of our findings.
We then went on with business as usual and cleared a good area of small birch trees - the cover was quite dense with many small seedlings that could be hand pulled. We also conducted the Large Heath survey - however no luck this time. Large Heath have been recorded on Cander Moss before - around the beginning of the Millenium - however we may just have been too late for Large Heath this year, as they started flying quite early (mid-June).
All in all it was a successful day - so thank you to all involved for their hard work! We are looking forward to return to Cander Moss - probably sometime in September - we will soon update our programme with more dates. We are now looking forward to our next work party at Braehead Moss also in South Lanarkshire - maybe see you there...