Paul Parsons, Marc Botham, Mike Thornton and I ran 8 traps (4 MV, 4 Actinic) for most of the night (we weren't really intending to stay that long, but you know how it is...) in the dunes close to Candleston car park. Unlike Whiteford there was no breeze at all, but it was rather chilly. The moths didn't seem to mind though and some of the traps were stuffed with moths by the time we packed up.
Highlights included Angle-barred (Ash) Pug (3), Maple Pug, Haworth's Pug, Tawny Speckled Pug, Archer's Dart, Brussels Lace (quite a few of these), Fern, and some excellent micros: Eulamprotes wilkella (several), Celypha cespitana (several), Acompsia cinerella (2), Ebulea crocealis, Pyrausta cingulata, Pempeliella dilutella, Ypsolopha plumbella (several) and Epiblema incarnatana. I've probably forgotten some as I don't have Paul and Marc's lists. Marc had over 100 species at his traps; I'd guess the total species count was around 150.
|15W actinic trap site|
Like everyone else we failed on the Portland Moth quest though. Is it still in Glamorgan (and Wales)? Certainly some more trapping is needed at Merthyr Mawr, further into the dunes where there is more Creeping Willow.