Rained in the night and very little of note in the moth trap; apart from an Oak Hook-tip. Interestingly a Willow Warbler was calling - my first at Keele this year! To think we used regularly to get 20 singing birds.
Found a new plant for Keele growing by the path at the Observatory - Bugloss Anchusa arvensis.
It's been fairly hum drum in the moth trap until this morning when there was a stunning Black Arches. It's an oakwood species that has been slowly spreading northwards across the county. It's a first for Keele; first for SJ84 and a first for me too! So, a good day.
A good run of moth nights. Nothing rare; though the micro Argyresthia retinella was last recorded in 1979 - easily missed though! Blackcap, Song Thrush and Chiffchaff are all singing in the Walled Garden.
The Phase 3 Development site was alive with Meadow Browns. Also saw Ringlet (1), Small Heath (1), Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Six-spotted Burnet, Cinnabar larvae and Blue-tailed Damselfly.