East Lothian sightings - May 2018

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Re: East Lothian sightings - May 2018

Postby NickMorgan » Wed 23 May 2018 14:00

Will,
I walked Gifford to Bolton on Sunday and saw the same butterflies! 9 Speckled Woods, 2 Orange Tips, a Green-veined White, a Small White, a Peacock and a Comma laying eggs on the nettles at the old dump at Under Bolton Farm!
I saw a solitary Wall Brown at Woodhall Dean a couple of years ago. On Monday I had my first Wall for my transect at Clerkington, so they do seem to be spreading out.
Richard,
I was at Newhailes this morning on a site visit and noticed that the Nettles and Garlic Mustard along the ha-ha were all wilted and dying. I was really cross to see that the farmer had done the same in two fields belonging to the Council near Gifford last week. The field margins and hedges had loads of Nettles and Garlic Mustard containing eggs, but they have all been sprayed. The sprayer has gone right over the Oak trees that I have planted there and the hedges are also affected. I can only imagine that the Meadow Brown and Ringlet caterpillars will have perished in the grass, too.
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Re: East Lothian sightings - May 2018

Postby ricowells » Wed 23 May 2018 23:39

Nick
I have written to the National Trust asking for details of what was being sprayed and why. I was standing right beside the field as the tractor passed in an area open to the public so not impressed if something toxic was being sprayed both for my sake and the wildlife.
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Re: East Lothian sightings - May 2018

Postby wgell » Thu 24 May 2018 16:44

Saltoun Wood this morning. Usual OTs, GVWs and a few Speckleds.

I spotted 3 Green Hairstreaks and there were a few possible fly bys as well. Although they might have been moths. One of the GHs had certainly seen better days but the other two were in good condition.
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Re: East Lothian sightings - May 2018

Postby georgehogg » Fri 25 May 2018 13:33

A Comma in Humbie kirk yard this morning.
OT & GVW common.
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Re: East Lothian sightings - May 2018

Postby georgehogg » Thu 31 May 2018 19:25

This looked awfy pale at Skateraw today .
Aberrant or just worn oot ?
Methinks the latter .
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Re: East Lothian sightings - May 2018

Postby georgehogg » Thu 31 May 2018 22:47

Checking my books it now just looks like a faded first generation female .
A few Small Heaths at Torness too ,plus abundant Silver Y moths following the haar bearing, and no doubt insect bearing , easterlies .
Wall still having a good season at Skateraw .
Only others were GV Whites .

Was at Linn Dean and Saltoun Big Wood yesterday but weather wasn't up to the job. Lots of other goodies though.
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