This is the annual survey of the last remaining Belted Beauty colony in England and this year is a joint meeting with BENHS (British Entomological and Natural History Society). The meeting starts at 10.30am, Saturday 18th April 2020, gathering beforehand in the Potts Corner Car Park (SD413571) just north of the saltmarsh where the moth can be found. The meeting is expected to last for a couple of hours at most.
Pre-booking is not required. If you happen to be late just head south from the car park – you’ll see us out on the marsh.
Come well prepared for cold, wet and windy conditions – it is a very exposed location! Waterproof walking boots or wellies are strongly recommended.
In the past a charge for parking has been levied but is unlikely to exceed £2. This has not happened in the last five years so may no longer apply.
The count has been arranged to avoid the highest tides but the area is still very muddy with a few deep, water-filled channels and rush covered gullies. Those attending are asked to take great care when moving around on the marsh.
The moths sit around on the ground, and although there is no guarantee that moths will be found, it would be surprising if that were the case. We have not missed them over the last 15 years of visits and usually find a few; on occasions we’ve counted several hundred.