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2013 – A Butterfly Revival

According to a number of recent publications, the long hot summer of 2013 has helped to revive many of our species of British Butterfly. The recent Big Butterfly Count that was conducted by Butterfly Conservation during the summer, recorded four … Continue reading

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UK Butterflies Suffer Another Set-Back

With 2013 recording one of the coldest springs for 50 odd years, our British Butterflies have suffered a further set-back. Many have been late to emerge and our rarer species are now on the wing anything up to several weeks … Continue reading

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ARCTIC NORWAY – Land of the Eider

Along with three other friends and fellow birders, from 12th – 17th April 2013 I visited Varanger in Arctic Norway. It was a great experience and a fantastic birding destination. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make the trip in March … Continue reading

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A New Moth Season

Believe it or not, the new 2013  moth season has already started. Yes, back in early January when we had a spell of mild weather, south coast “Moth’ers” were already catching early migrants but for us folks further north, a … Continue reading

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A CHRISTMAS MOTH

Should we get any mild nights during the rest of December, then there is a chance that you might trap one of these little beauties. The December Moth is a resident and commonly distributed throughout England and Wales, with exception … Continue reading

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MOTH POWER

The migration of birds during the spring and autumn months is very apparent. Most people look forward to the arrival of the cuckoo in spring and are aware of the large gatherings of Swallows and Martins in the autumn. A … Continue reading

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Parallels in the Art of Identification

Guide-lines to the Identification of the two British Copper Underwings. There are occasions when it is seemingly impossible to identify a moth from a physical appearance. When faced with this situation, the scientific decision-making processes “kick-in” and a choice has … Continue reading

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