Leader: Stephen Miles (01420 478845)
Evening & night moth-trapping meeting, by kind permission of the Deadwater Valley Trust and Whitehill Town Council. Jointly with the Alton Natural History Society (ANHS).
Please contact the leader before the date of the meeting to confirm your attendance and to be made aware of any possible changes. Meet at the car park at the OS Grid Ref. at approximately SU800360 (the Google Map only shows an approximate location) off of St Lucia Park Road numbers 197-200 (this road maybe unmarked on some maps as it is former Army married quarters) just after the pedestrian access and large ornamental sign for Bordon Inclosure. Access to this is off the A325 road, if coming from the north, e.g. Farnham, you take the road to the left (east) beside the new housing area called Quebec Park, which is after (south) of the “One Stop” post office and supermarket and the old building marked Bordon Post Office (now the sorting office), both on the right-hand (west) side of the road. If coming from the south, e.g. Petersfield on the A325, you pass through the centre of Bordon past Budds Lane on your left and at approximately 100m past the bus stop on the left you take the right turn, opposite Martinique House. On entering this road it states on a sign on the left of the road that you are in Trenchard Park, proceed down the slope of the road past the new Radian housing estate on the left (Quebec Park). Go past the two small roads on the right and continuing over the road humps for about 100m, beyond the left-hand bend, is the car park on the right for the Inclosure, which has a height barrier.
For both meetings extra parking maybe available within the SANG, this will be particularly important for moth trappers to unload equipment, provided the local ranger, Jamie Cummins is able to be present with the keys. Our walk around the sixty plus acres of this site includes deciduous trees, including oak, hornbeam, birch, beech, willow and black poplar and coniferous plantation as well as wet areas with board walks, ponds, carr and river edge habitats and the nearby wet heathland of Alexandra Park. This latter area is a Site of Interest to Nature Conservation (SINC) and a Local Nature Reserve (LNR); it is not part of the SANG but is connected to the site. Local residents will be invited to participate and accompany those present at the meeting to learn about its natural history, this is a public site designed to attract dog walkers away from the nearby internationally designated SSSI and SPA sites of Wealden Heathland. Equipment will be walked to the suitable woodland trapping sites that are within 200m of the entrance or a little further away (for those with generators, vehicular access maybe possible on the night) within the natural play area or on the boardwalks that cross the marshland here. For the public participation, the public will be invited to attend those traps and sheets situated in the woodland natural play area, which is more open than the rest of the site. Those moth trappers with generators will be encouraged to walk further to the east and south within the woodland, further away from the residential areas so as to minimise any potential disturbance.
When first trapped in July 2017, 107 species were taken. The objective is to obtain up to date moth distribution information to help guide the management of the area. Permission has been obtained from the land owners and occupiers for the use of generators and moth light traps, as late as necessary. Permission has also been obtained that allows voucher specimens to be removed from the site and taken home. Note: no generators or other equipment are to be left unattended on this public access site. If bad weather occurs such as heavy rain and strong winds, which will mean that few people will want to attend the meeting, it will be cancelled. Lists of all species identified at both meetings will be sent to the Deadwater Valley Trust and Whitehill Town Council. Formal written reports will also appear in the journals of the two societies for whom the meeting has been arranged.