The observatory was set up in 1980. It involves ringing,'vis mig' counts (including seabirds) and general monitoring in the Heysham Nature reserve/power stations/harbour area. The statutory moth trap is in place and also a daily log for butterflies, dragonflies etc.
We share an office, kindly provided by EDF Energy, with the County Wildlife Trust. This is located next to the Nature Reserve car park. Do call in. Please leave sightings in the letterbox, ESPECIALLY 'fly-by' seabirds.
Sunday, 6 June 2010
Moths again I'm afraid.
On May 26th a putative (but totally melanistic and therefore unidentifable) May Highflier was taken from the trap. Jizz not really sufficient for this species.
On dissection it turned out to be Lancashire's first Ruddy Highflier since 2004. The remains have now been confirmed by the Lancashire recorders. How many more get by?
Even later news:
Ruddy Highflier 30-5-10
A second individual was "Sampled" on May 30th (Just confirmed - Gen det male) and also proved to be Ruddy Highflier. Have we been missing something?