Those of you who attend Bucks Invertebrate Group (BIG) meetings may remember that challenge (almost accusation!) issued to me about the dreadful status of SP82, where I now live, as the poorest recorded 10km square in Bucks. Well, fearful of letting the side down, but with hardly any moth trapping experience, I committed to doing something about it. I built a Skinner-style trap and have run it on a few evenings through June in my small garden in the centre of Mursley. I've been amazed at the variety of moths I've seen through the month. So far I've recorded 93 species, over 30 of which have been flagged up by iRecord as 'falling outside the current known distribution', i.e. they are new to this 10km square.
I'm now hoping for great things from National Moth Night, having just put my trap out in the drizzle. The poor forecast gives me the opportunity to try out my rain cover modification - see photo. I'll let you know how I get on.