Exploring Boblainy Forest

Boblainy Forest is a large commercial plantation forest owned (mainly) by the Forestry Commission on the outskirts of the village of Kiltarlity. This is my local stomping ground and on Saturday I was involved in leading a walk though the forest.

Boblainy Forest

I love the morning mists we often get at this time of year as we drift from high summer into autumn. Yesterday was one such day and it was wonderful to see an abundance of spiders webs on our walk in Boblainy Forest. As the dew droplets settle on the threads and allow them to be seen we see just how numerous they are.
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Mothing in the Highlands

For the past few weeks I’ve been regularly getting 25 – 35 moths coming to the Skinner moth trap I set up at Glenmore. This is not a lot of moths compared to some moth-ers, but I only use a low wattage UV bulb since this is running in a public place and the light is in competition with the other bright lights at the campsite, particularly the toilet block lights and white walls.

This is enough moths for me to attempt to ID since I’m new to mothing. After a few months of trapping last summer and again this year, I’m finally getting to recognise some of the species of moths. Last summer it was all I could do to sort the moths into broad categories, but now, having some species come week after week, I feel I’m finally getting to know one or two.  Just a few thousand left to go!

I’m certainly getting a few more moths in the trap this year than last and think this may be due to the plants I chose to go in the large tubs close to where I set up my trap. These include Honeysuckle, Nicotania and Pinks.

Garden Tiger
Garden Tiger
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