Wivenhoe Watching Wildlife - National Moth Night

This Friday, 13 October, is National Moth Night, when thousands of moth traps are set out and hundreds of events organised to survey and celebrate the largely hidden world of moths and other nocturnal creatures. This year, NMN is rather late in the season, so the numbers of moths will not be as high as those at their peak, but at least the moths should start to arrive at a sensible hour, may include some 'quality' species like Merveille-du-Jour (see below), and with a  fair wind could include rare wanderers from the Continent.

This time we will be running the moth lights in or around the Wildlife Garden. With sunset at just after 1800, we will be turning on the lights by 1830 and hopefully moths will be arriving by 1900. If you are interested please do come along and see what is happening, and talk to us. I imagine we will be wrapping up by 22.00, possibly earlier if there is insufficient to keep us awake! We'll also have a bat detector on the go, to listen in to the bats' world, and have an ear out for nocturnal bird migration as well.

Hopefully see some of you there, but please note the event is subject to last-minute cancellation in the event of rain. At the moment the forecast is fine....


  • When/where is the 'reveal'...?
  • 10 Am wildlife garden but only if it's worth it. I'll post by 9am if it's worth doing...
  • Excellent!  :)
  • edited October 13
    Thanks to everyone who came along to the moth event tonight. Sorry there were not more moths to show you: after 3 hours with two lights, all we could muster was eight species of moth - Lesser Yellow Underwing, Large Yellow Underwing, Red-green Carpet, Yellow-line Quaker, Common Marbled Carpet, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Turnip and a micromoth called Ypsolopha sylvella. Given the poor haul, we will not be having a grand unveiling tomorrow...

    In addition, though, we saw and heard plenty of other wildlife. A fearsome-looking band of Hornets descended on one of the lights as soon as we fired it up, and the lights also attracted numerous caddis-flies, lacewings, parasitic wasps, blowflies, hoverflies, craneflies and an acorn weevil. A pipstrelle bat was seen and heard flying over regularly as it fed on the flies; lots of frogs and a toad entertained in the pond; and as we packed up, Redwings were flying over.

    Many thanks to the Town Council for loan of a generator, and especially for Karl Douzier for coming to our rescue with the Scout Hut when the generator malfunctioned... And of course, thanks also to Jeannie Coverley for the lovely cake! It was great to see the wildlife garden being used for its intended purpose, and especially seeing the delight in the faces of the younger generation coming face to face with hornets, frogs and other critters.
  • What lovely cake...?  :(
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