Last posting

After 43 years I am retiring from Keele! I started this blog several years ago now to showcase some of the flora and fauna at Keele but have moved on to Twitter and Facebook. I hope to keep the arboretum website up-to-date but will not be visiting campus often enough to warrant maintaining this blog. I will leave it live for the time being because there are a lot of images on it which may be useful to some. Thank-you all for your interest.


May 11th 2016

A Mullein was a new moth for Keele. To date the moth trap has been very poor.

5th April 2016

Chiffchaffs are now well distributed on campus. A Blackcap was singing today by Keele Hall.

5th February 2016

Nothing in the moth trap despite 10C overnight. However 3 Mute Swans flew low over campus - a rare sight here.

26th January 2016

Another mild night encouraged a Chestnut and a Spring Usher to visit the moth trap.

Spring Usher

25th January 2016

Never run the moth trap in January before - weather has always been too bad. This year however is very unusual with temps of 10C overnight. So got my first moth of the year - a Pale Brindled Beauty.

Also Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Robin, Stock Dove and Nuthatch singing.

15th December 2015

17C in the garden this morning - that's better than in the summer! Moths still appearing in the trap - Mottled Umber, Dark Chestnut and Red-green Carpet today. Winter Moths found
below several security lights but not in the trap.