Here at the RSPB headquarters in Bedfordshire, the ‘B’ stands for much more than just ‘Birds’. It’s bats, bees, beetles, butterflies... but they don’t all begin with a ‘b’ – we’re into moths too! We’re an enthusiastic bunch of moth-ers and run a fairly regular MV Robinson trap in The Lodge gardens. The nature reserve encircling the gardens is a mix of dry heathland, acid grassland and mixed woodland so there’s quite a good range of different habitat around. Moth traps have been run on and off over the years, but this year we have a newly fledged moth group so there will be more of a concerted effort to check out the moths that we have here.
It’s been a fairly slow start so far, with our count on 19. Highlights have included Oak Beauty, Purple Thorn, Yellow Horned, Nut-tree Tussock and Lunar Marbled Brown. We’re hoping to add some butterflies to the list soon too.
We’re looking forward to being part of this challenge, which is a really fun idea! Here’s to a decent summer to make up for the late spring.
The Lodge Moths