A BENHS Field Meeting for Moth Trapping has been arranged to take place on Saturday 19th August/Sunday 20th August 2017 on sites along the Everleigh to Netheravon road, north-west of Tidworth, Wiltshire, following a recce of sites done in 2016 and cancellation of the 2016 meeting on the same sites, due to bad weather.
Permission to hold this meeting was finally received via Iain Perkins of the DIO (MOD) Environmental Support and Compliance Team on 2nd June 2017 following my request sent to the MOD in January 2017. It is hoped that local moth trappers from other parts of Wiltshire will also be able to attend and the meeting has been advertised to them.
This is repeat of my wish to have a moth-trapping evening on Salisbury Plain at the sites adjacent to tank crossings that have small vehicle parking areas that would allow a few people to park up at each one and to trap near to the tank track routes, on parts of the parking areas or on the adjacent grassland. Before setting their traps in position for the night all moth trappers will need to inspect for munitions/flare cases etc., so that they can place their traps in such a way as to avoid any contact with these potentially dangerous items when walking around the traps in the dark.
All sites are situated in or near to species’ rich calcareous grassland
First site: South of Everleigh Down at the road corner on the south and east side of the road beside the continuous grove of beech trees. This site has a mound in the middle of the parking area with chalk grassland to the west, south and north. Its’ GPS position (middle of site) is SU2050952722. I want to use the beech grove, the car park area and the chalk grassland where it is short grass near to the tracks for light trapping. All participants are to meet the leader, Stephen Miles, here at 7pm at the start of the meeting to decide who will trap where.
Second site: Small concrete parking area, south of road only beside tank tracks on short grassland that slopes slightly north, north of a wooded/scrubby area that is fenced off. These areas are above the road but c 40m from it. GPS SU1942351878 approximately three quarters of a mile West of Weather Hill
Third site: Both sides of the road south and west of Beach’s plantation. The sites west of this plantation on the north side will be visible from Netheravon Airfield runway but I assume this airfield won’t be operating of a night. As a precaution if the airfield does operate at night we will go to other nearby areas east and north of this plantation in short grass areas as well as the short grassland and bare ground on the south side of the road to the east and also along the side of the woodland here at approx., SU180504 (My GPS stopped working at this point) between the two wooded plantations on the South side of the road beside the tank tracks. The north side of the road positions for light trapping are at about SU178505 to 506.
For safety’s sake it is essential that we won’t be disturbed by tracked or any other type of vehicles but this remains a small risk and because of this, we may be diverted elsewhere on the night due to short notice military training.
If it is good weather we may trap all night until the early hours of Sunday 20th but if the weather is poor or the catch poor, trapping may finish by 1am or earlier. After commencing the set up and walk around the sites from about 7.30pm while it is still light.
It is essential that those wishing to attend contact me, Stephen Miles in advance on 01420 478845. If it is rained off again I will need contact the provided phone numbers to warn people not to attend as the area is very open and exposed and thus can be very windy, or of any alternative site details and locations.
The BENHS does have third party public liability insurance and the policy details are: RSA (Royal Sun Alliance) Insurance Policy No. K4/REXB188200-32.