Category Archives: Flamborough

Olive Tree Pearl

Palpita vitrealis and other migrant moths

Martin Garner

At last. Living now at the and of Flamborough Head I expected some interesting moths. Catches in my first few weeks have been poor. However no rain and some south-easterlies overnight on 16th-17th October spurred me on together with visiting birders next door. Only a few moths but what a selection! Thanks to Burnley’s Graham Gavaghan for his ID’s.

Best of the moths was the beautiful white and delicate micro moth called Olive Tree Pearl. Billed as a migrant that normally only reaches southern coastal counties in Britain- it is therefore very rare as far north as Flamborough.

Check out this bit of info on the species from UK Moths

Two more migrants included the scarce Rusty-dot Pearl and a couple of Rush Veneers. I thought Goldcrests crossing the North Sea was pretty staggering. These things crossing such large bodies of water. Well I am into the incomprehensible zone. Just wow.

Olive Tree Pearl Palpita vitrealis 1408

Olive Tree Pearl  Palpita vitrealis. Flamborough 17th October 2014

Olive Tree Pearl Palpita vitrealis. Flamborough 17th October 2014

 

Olive Tree Pearl  Palpita vitrealis. Flamborough 17th October 2014

Olive Tree Pearl Palpita vitrealis. Flamborough 17th October 2014

This map below from the excellent Yorkshire Moths show the status of Olive Tree Pearl Palpita vitrealis in Yorkshire.

 

palpita vitrealis

 

Rusty-dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis 1395

Some info on the species form UK Moths.

Rusty-dot Pearl Flamborough 17th October 2014

Rusty-dot Pearl Flamborough 17th October 2014

rusty dot pearl

Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella 1398

Rush Veneer, Flamborough 17th October 2014

Rush Veneer, Flamborough 17th October 2014

Better go switch the trap on…

Flamborough Migration Foot-it Challenge

Richard Baines

fboSeeing birds using habitat which you have helped create is a great feeling! Flamborough Bird Observatory (FBO) has an active team of conservation volunteers working hard to create and conserve land for birds and other wildlife.

Over the two months of September and October 2014 I will be setting out on a sponsored challenge to see or hear as many species of birds as possible within the FBO area east of (and including) Danes Dyke. The wonderful world of a ‘foot it’ challenge means for a species to be counted I must leave and return on foot to my base home near the Lighthouse! This is the ultimate local patch birding designed with maximum benefit for birds and zero carbon impact (apart from the extra CO² wheezing out of my lungs as I run for those rarities).

How Can You Help?

My target is to raise funds to Richard Bainesenable us to improve habitat and resources for visitors in the famous Old Fall woodland and at Thornwick Pools. At Old Fall we need to manage the willows on the edge of the wood, increase the amount of sunlight getting to the pond by enhancing the glade inside the wood and plant more shrubs to improve opportunities for birds to feed lower down below the canopy.  At Thornwick Pool we need to relocate the hide further back from its current position to create more mud for waders and manage the vegetation in front of the hide. All this work requires tools such as strimmers to be used by volunteers or we need to pay contractors to do the work. The more funds we have in the conservation kitty the more we can do and you can be sure every penny goes to improving habitat for wildlife!

If you would like to donate please email me richard.baines@yorkshirecoastnature.co.uk or at fborecords@hotmail.com. Every penny goes directly to the projects! I will be posting regular updates on the FBO web site fbo.co.uk so keep checking back to follow my progress.

Thornwick Pool: bringing visitors, helping people encounter nature and benefiting from investment in conservation

Thornwick Pool: bringing visitors, helping people encounter nature and benefiting from investment in conservation

Juvenile Little Egret. This young is currently visiting Thornwick Pool

Juvenile Little Egret. This young is currently visiting Thornwick Pool

Juvenile Wood Sandpiper and Ruff give stunning views on Thornwick Pond. By Dave Aitken

Juvenile Wood Sandpiper and Ruff give stunning views on Thornwick Pond. By Dave Aitken