Winter is supposedly here
Although it might not seem like it at times, winter is now here. Message activity can be expected to remain at a fairly low level over the next two or three months but it is worth checking back occasionally 'just in case' because some of us don't pack away our traps. Meanwhile we look forward to whatever type of moth season the new year brings us.
Butterfly Conservation's annual National Moth Recorders' Meeting will be held in Birmingham on Saturday 30th January 2016 and details can be found here. Remember also that 2016 will be the final year of recording for information to be included in BC's planned Atlas of the Macro-moths of Britain and Ireland which it is hoped will be published in 2018.
During the winter months you could perhaps find time to give your traps and sheets a clean, locate some replacement egg-boxes and wash out those moth pots. For those with MV lights, try unscrewing the bulb and getting rid of the tiny fried flies which seem to accumulate inside the bulb-holder. If you use a generator, draining the fuel while it is out of use may help to prolong the life of the carburettor.
More importantly, though, now is the time to sort out your records for the year and pass them on to your County Moth Recorder. Many of you will already know how to go about doing this, but for those who don't, all the information you need can now be found on the Your Records tab under the blog's heading picture.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!