Peter Hall (thankyou!) has completed the last few dissections of moths from me for 2013 so I've now been able to sit down with all the data and work out exactly how good a year it was here at Westcott, Bucks.
"Fantastic" is the only word for it. Even though the weather for the first six months was often dismal, overall it proved to be the best year ever. This bog-standard village garden on the clay produced exactly 600 species of lepidoptera, comprising 575 moths (306 macros, 269 micros) and 25 butterflies. I don't know why the place gets as many species as it does, although I'm certainly not complaining. However, I suspect it may be a while before those figures are equalled here again. Dave Wilton