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Bat and Moth Evening at Moseley Blog

Posted: Friday 23rd August 2013 by Joe.P

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We were especially lucky this year, as both Bats and Moths were out in bigger numbers than previously.

One of our favourite events is the Moth and Bat evening at Moseley Bog, which we’ve run for a few years now.

This year we were especially lucky, as both Bats and Moths were out in bigger numbers than previously.

Despite it being quite late in the evening, it was very much a family event; I even brought along my two and a half year old son, Fred, who had a great time. In all around 30 people gathered for the 8pm start and after fascinating and engaging talks by moth expert Dave Grundy and Lisa Worledge of BrumBats, we set off to see what we could find!

As we had to wait till dark for the moths to come out, we did the bat detecting first. The children really loved this part of the evening. We used the detectors so we could listen for where the bats might be first and used these sounds to locate them in the trees. There were loads of pipistrelle bats flying around, certainly more than we had last year.

When it came to identifying moths, we were incredibly successful; by the end of the night Dave had recorded a total of 100 different species! This included such local rarities as Devon Carpet, Dingy Shears and Suspected, as well as large numbers of Dunbar and Mother of Pearl.

For more images from the event, take a look at our Flickr page:

For more info on Brumbats see: http://brumbats.wordpress.com/

For more info about Moths, see: http://ukmoths.org.uk/

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