Saturday morning starting early with bacon butties at eight as we checked the moth traps and opened the small mammal traps. There were only two mammals caught, a Wood Mouse and this Bank Vole
Several species of moth were identified even before opening the traps. Some on the outside of the trap, and in one case the moth pictured on the left. It is a Peach Blossom. We walked past it twice before spotting it. Camouflage is a wonderful adaptation as demonstrated by the Buff Tip in the photograph on the right. The other moth pictured is a Beautiful Golden Y
Surveying had a slight break when a reporter from Radio Lancashire turned up to interview some of the organisers. Activities for younger folk were available including checking owl pellets and making the life cycle of a moth from pasta. More experts arrived to record botany, hoverflies and other bugs.
Refreshments were in constant supply which helped us keep going all morning. As usual for this time of year, birds were difficult to spot. The one exception being a Barn Owl that had perched in a tree in the other part of the church grounds across the road.
Thanking all those involved in the two days but especially Julia Simonds from The Wildlife Trust, Clare Hyde from St John's and David Beattie from A Rocha UK