RSPB Big Wild Sleepout

The RSPB Big Wild Sleepout is aimed at getting young people out to experience and connect with nature by camping out over night. My friends Lizzie and Ari had oragnised a camp at Earth Ship Fife, and invited me along in the belief that I know stuff about nature.

The highlight of the evening was spotting a barn owl that, on closer inspection, turned out to be a brick. ha! Actually, there were many highlights – bats flying overhead, catching toadlets, toasting marshmallows over the fire, going on a bug hunt, herons strolling by, stumbling over this little chap

a hedgehoggle

It was really great! The kids were aged between 1 and 7, and just as keen and interested as the grown ups. OF COURSE I took my moth trap, and got everyone really excited to discover the world of moths of all sizes and colours!

Typically, then, I just got a load of brown ones – mostly Yellow-underwings and Dark Arches, although this Burnished Brass was very popular:

and with two Common Wainscot, a Brown-line Bright-eye, which I’d not seen before

Last night I put out the big Robinson trap in the garden, and got a small selection, despite it being a great night for moths (and midges!) I think I need to find a better flower patch to put the trap out next to.

A few good ones, new to me, included this Dun-bar moth

and a Lychnis

This Riband Wave has seen better days

As has this Brimstone!

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