There has not been much to report of late; bouts of rain and cold, cloudless skies at night has not encouraged many moths to venture out. However, last night there was only one moth in the trap but what a stunner. I always look forward to Merveille du Jour appearing. The Walled Garden where my trap is situated has, up to now, remained in a delightful state of abandonment with masses of bramble, willow etc. Now it is being reclaimed with allotments for staff and students and a general tidying up to reveal long-disused green houses. It will be interesting to see what affects this has on moth numbers and also on breeding birds such as Blackcap and Garden Warbler.
Merveille du Jour
A trip to the Sustainability Hub and Phase 3 site revealed a new plant for Keele - Hedgerow Cranesbill Geranium pyrenaicum. There were a few Meadow Pipits passing over, a couple of Chiffchaffs and we flushed a Snipe too.