An interesting record…

An interesting record…

I love moth trapping. I adore the expectant thrill that abounds when venturing into the unknown each morning; as I carefully remove egg boxes and examine the various colourful critters disguised beneath. Mothing, for me, is addictive, exhilarating even - each morning bringing some different; whether in the form of a new species, a record [...]

Adventures in the night garden

Adventures in the night garden

There is something quite exhilarating about spending time outdoors by night - each sound, each rustle in the shrubbery and splash in the water indicative of hidden treasures lying just out of sight amid the gloom. Watching wildlife by night is intoxicating, plain and simple, and recently, has become somewhat of a hobby of mine. [...]

The Nightlife of Rothesay Terrace

The Nightlife of Rothesay Terrace

Armed with a new moth trap kindly supplied by NHBS, I really do feel like a kid in a candy store at the moment. Every third morning - trapping is undertaken days apart so not to impact upon the moth lifecycle - filled with a sense of jubilant anticipation, paramount to that felt at Christmas, [...]

Wild respite

Wild respite

In dire need of a break from thesis writing, yesterday I set off for Druridge Bay in search of a little wild respite. The proceeding three hours, mercifully, filled with no end of fantastic wildlife - just what the doctor ordered to cure my current mood. Starting off at Cresswell Pond and the highlight here [...]

Ruby Tiger and other treasures

Ruby Tiger and other treasures

Having recently purchased a new moth trap only to break the bulb while unpacking it, I was delighted when my replacement arrived yesterday. This meaning that, for the first time this year, I could kick-back in the garden and engross myself in some local Lepidoptera. Well, this didn't go exactly to plan - heavy rain [...]

Good grief, I’m in a journal…

Good grief, I’m in a journal…

This week saw the publication of a note in the Entomologists Record and Journal of Variation, by myself and the wonderful Nick Littlewood. The note itself, centred on a summer spent scrutinising the Lepidoptera of the Invermark Estate, in Angus. Detailing a number of interesting finds, including, a county second, a number of BAP species, [...]

West Coast Butterfly Bonanza

West Coast Butterfly Bonanza

In keeping with the spirit of the #30DaysWild campaign, a few days past I opted to do something a little wild. Utilising my last free day on Islay I set out on a butterfly hunt, hoping to catch up with as many species as possible, common and scarce alike. Well, to say the mini-expedition was [...]