5th March 2015

At last a moth - just the one mind. A March Moth - but it's getting milder so bring them on!

26th February 2015

A warmer night (11C) encouraged 2 Chestnuts and an Oak Beauty into the moth trap.

Oak Beauty

17th February 2015

Too cold for moths! Put the first of the new labels on on a few of our National Collection of Flowering Cherries - I think they look really smart.

10th February 2015

Pale Brindled Beauty in the trap today. Redpoll flying over, Stock Dove and Mistle Thrush singing. Spring is coming!

6th February 2015

First post for a while. Things tend to be quiet at this time of year; especially with the cold weather. Thoughts are turning to the cherry season. We have two winter-flowering species showing well. Have taken delivery of some new engraved labels for the National Collection and hope to get them in place for the main flowering period. Deciding how to fix them has been a bit of a problem. Surprisingly (or not these days) we get quite a few labels deliberately removed or destroyed. We also get damage from squirrels. Then, if they are fixed directly to the trunk they can be forced off as the tree grows. So, I've come up with the idea of using picture-frame wire which is crimped so that it can't easily be removed. Time will tell!

27th November 2014

Managed an escorted trip to the area of Larch felling (1600 in all) down by the motorway. What a change!!! It looks like some slash and burn area in the Amazon. However, it is to be replanted with native trees after the rhododendron has been removed. It should be great for birds and we may even get Tree Pipit back.

26th November 2014

Three Mottled Umbers and a Satellite - all but one were in bits outside the trap! Think I'll turn it off next week.