Wednesday, 31 August 2016
a day and 23 years after Tony had his at Piper’s Hill, I went early evening thinking there may be some good visibility for netting with the sun low in the west, illuminating lots of flying creatures. Although not that confident it only took me 25 minutes to net 5 and see another escape. I parked on the east side of the road by the imformation board ‘car park’. Crossed that busy road on foot and headed for the open area of beech where there is only leaf litter on the ground. There are about 15 trees in that area where the branches either hang to waste level or at least are reachable to ‘sweep’ with net. This was 18:45 to 19:15 only. Also netted 2 Phyllonorycter maestingella, an Ypsolopha ustella and an Acleris sparsana. Last years negative triple trap effort in the same place now seems a waste of time and perhaps even more evidence that many micros are best looked for during the day. There may be some images in due course.