Monday 23 June 2014

Out of county: Craig Cerrig Gleisiad NNR

As there is no Brecon blog and the site is not too far from our northern border, I thought I may as well post this here...

I left two 6W Heath traps overnight at this wonderful craggy site in the Brecon Beacons NP - a place I've been wanting to trap at for years.
Trap site at base of screes
This morning the traps were pretty well stuffed with moths. Around 52 species were recorded in total (including a few netted at dusk and dawn), the highlights among which were the upland specialities Light Knot Grass and Grey Mountain Carpet. Dark Brocades were also quite numerous.

Several species were very numerous, as is often the case at upland sites, particularly Brown Rustic, True Lover's Knot and Broom Moth.

A good haul
Grey Mountain Carpet
Light Knot Grass
Dark Brocade
I have permission from NRW to do a few more trapping sessions this summer, so will try and return in a few weeks if the weather permits.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't seen a Grey Mountain Carpet for years. Another species I would like to meet again is Scarce Silver Y.