22nd August 2012

Not much in the moth trap but two new plants for Keele growing in the Walled Garden and obviously "weeds of cultivation".
Buckwheat Fagopyrum esculentum

6th August 2014

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.


Oak Hook-tip

4th August 2014

A cold night so moth trap numbers were down. However I did get a Pine Carpet which was a new moth for Keele!

1st August 2014

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.

23rd July 2014

Lunchtime butterfly walk proved successful with 25 attendees. Lots of sunshine and good numbers of butterflies too. Mainly Small Skippers but also an Essex.

9th July 2014

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.

Birdcherry Ermine


Dot moth

Green Oak Tortrix

Scarce Footman

Single-dotted Wave

1st July 2014

Good moth night with 50 species. Nothing rare but it was nice to get a Garden Tiger and another Beautiful Hook-tip.