On Saturday night the Herts Moth Group assembled at Bovingdon Brickworks ready to see what moths would turn up at this fantastic site owned by the Boxmoor Trust.
Bovingdon Brickworks is situated about a mile South-West of Bovingdon village and is still very much active today with Bovingdon Bricks selling all manor of Bricks for industrial and commercial needs.
In 2000, the Boxmoor Trust was gifted 40 acres of land at the old workings site of Bovingdon Brickworks, to be managed as a conservation area.
Since then the site has seen an important area for all types of wildlife and is always an interesting location to trap moths.
Saturday was no different. We set up a total of 8 lights spread across the lower field and into the woods and on the edge of the disused brick pits.
Many of the people that turned up to help set the equipment up and study the moths had never been here before, and it was a pleasure showing them how special this site is.
We ran our lights until about 2am and it took a good hour to pack away, in fact I didn't arrive home until nearly 4am! Well worth the effort though as we managed some incredible records for the site.
We didn't managed to see our target species, Garden Tiger. Which was a shame but nevertheless there were some lovely local species that did turn up as compensation.
Species such as Barred Rivulet, Gem, Bordered Pug and Tree-lichen Beauty.
There is still a Pug species to confirm and a few micro's to sort out but 213 species is what we are at at the moment which is pretty fantastic and my highest amount of species so far this year.
Catch Report - 23/07/16 - Bovingdon Brickworks - 3x 125w MV Robinson Trap 1x 125w MV Tripod and heet 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap 1x Blacklight Blue Trap 1x 80w Actinic Briefcase Trap & 1x 40w Actinic/26w BLB Trap
Macro Moths - 113 Species
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Common Marbled Carpet
Common White Wave
Heart & Dart
Large Twin-spot Carpet
Large Yellow Underwing
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Small Angle Shades
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Waved Umber
Small Yellow Wave
Svensson's Copper Underwing
Tawny Marbled Minor
Micro Moths - 100 Species
Coleophora sp (white)
Monopis crocicapitella [NEW!]