We run moth traps on a regular basis, which use a powerful UV light to attract moths into a secure container, allowing them to be identified, recorded and subsequently released. As well as running traps in our New Forest gardens, we have also trapped at sites on the open forest under an FC license. The New Forest holds nationally rare species such as the spectacular Blue Underwing and Dark Crimson Underwing, and our records of these and all other moth species are supplied to the local branch of Butterfly Conservation to improve knowledge of their status and distribution.

 

Trail camera image showing a moth trap at dawn in Russ’ garden, with opportunistic Magpies hunting for any wayward moths in the grass!
Trail camera image showing a moth trap at dawn in Russ’ garden, with opportunistic Magpies hunting for any wayward moths in the grass!

 

Butterfly Conservation also co-ordinate national butterfly transects, and for several years Marcus has undertaken a regular transect at Normandy Marshes to target the declining Wall Brown, which is on the verge of extinction in Hampshire. We also routinely record butterflies and moths seen during daytime bird surveys.

 

Marcus photographing dragonflies at Rhinefield during Firecrest survey work
Marcus photographing dragonflies at Rhinefield during Firecrest survey work