Moth Surveys in Cotgrave Forest

A summary of Paul Dulwich`s moth survey activity at Cotgrave Forest.

Between 2019 and 2021 actinic and LED DC moth trapping surveys at six privately owned plots within Cotgrave Forest produced 199 species of macro (larger) moth and 32 species of micro moth. Of the former, 22 species are documented to be of conservation importance in Nottinghamshire. 2 of the macro moths species are listed as ‘Nationally Threatened’ in the UK and 5 of the macro moth species as ‘Vulnerable’. Specific mention should be made of the Yellow-legged Clearwing (Oak) and Webb’s Wainscot (Iris, Reedmace, etc.) which are Category 1 moths in Nottinghamshire and as such are in the top 24 of the County’s rarest macro moth species. Permissions are in place for further surveys in 2022. It is envisaged that the list of both common and significant macro moth species resident in Cotgrave Forest will grow and serve to emphasise the significance of this valuable and arguably unique habitat in south Nottinghamshire’.


And at Wilwell Farm Cutting

Another brief report by Paul Dulwich on moth recording at Wilwell in 2021.

Only one survey in year so didn’t give ourselves too much chance of new finds. However there were a few

Dusky Brocade – various grasses

Bramble-shoot Moth – you can guess

Southern Wainscot – reeds and canary grass – not very common at all in Notts, a grade 3 moth for conservation importance

Then there was the Lunar Hornet Moth I sent you, last recorded in 1983.