Sunday, 22 January 2012

From the Pegwell & District Association Newsletter 283

Kindly contributed by Francis Solley.

The mild spring brought many species out earlier than typically expected; particularly during April and early May. The resulting drought followed by the cool and unsettled summer then had a detrimental affect on overall moth numbers.
Notable moths during the spring included Early Tooth-Striped on 21/4, an exceptional influx of Brindled Pugs - a peak of 35 on 22/4 (normally 1 - 2 per year) and a Cream Wave on 11/5 - all woodland wanderers. A Dew Moth on 9/5 was a long overdue new record for Thanet of this nationally scarce coastal species.

Interesting migrants commenced with a Concolorous on 25/5, a total of 13 Rannoch Loopers in early June, Spurge Hawk on 26/6, Splendid Brocade on 27/6 and Thanet’s second Small Marbled on 28/6. Plumed Fan-foots occurred on four occasions from 27/7 suggesting that they may be resident in the Pegwell area rather than a migrant.

The pick of the August moths was Thanet’s second Brussels Lace 2/8 and the third Dusky Hook-tip on 13/8.

September was a quiet affair with only one Convolvulus Hawk and a Ni on 13/9. Although the mild weather ensured a good showing of the typical autumnal species.

Five Merveille du Jour during October is exceptional for a moth not recorded every year on Thanet.

Kent’s first Oak Rustic occurred on 3/11 and a Streak on 4/11 was the first on Thanet for 20 years.

Pick of the micro moths were the very attractive Commophila aeneana on 7/5, the tiny Yellow V Moth on 29/7 (Driftwood remains the only UK mainland site - occurs on Scilly Isles), Spoladea recurvalis on 12/10 and an Old World Webworm on 4/11 - the latter two being migrants from the tropics.

Images of the moth species mentioned can be seen on

By Richard Kinzler.

On the 6th of January I had a call from Eileen explaining that a number of residents in Pegwell Village were concerned about work being carried out at Pegwell Road and the impact it would have on the Great Crested Newts, Slow Worms and Trees.
After investigating with the help of Thanet District Council’s Planning Department, Kent Wildlife Trust and the residents it seems there is a loophole in the regulations.
Clearance was being carried out at 163 Pegwell Road and as this site does not have any planning submitted as yet they are entitled to carry out the general clearance without any checks.
This is the time of year when Great Crested Newts and Slow Worms are in hibernation and they emerge around early March.
The largest of our native newts, the Great Crested Newt is strictly protected under European legislation as is the Slow Worm and it is a criminal offence to kill or injure them.
If you find any of the above injured or dead please could you contact me on 07967 506126.

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