A cold, dry April meant fewer moths | Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

A cold, dry April meant fewer moths

Monday, 10th May 2021

A cold, dry April meant fewer moths
Angleshades moth

So the news about our recent weather is that it was the frostiest April for 60 years and it was also exceptionally dry,  but how did the wildlife respond?

A good indication of the poor spring for invertebrates so far comes from the regular local moth trapping by Alan Martin in Northiam, near Rye.

2018 2 trap nights, 21 species, 145 moths

2019 4 trap nights, 22 species, 120 moths

2020 7 trap nights, 27 species, 113 moths

2021 8 trap nights, 13 species, 96 moths

So in 2021 he trapped more nights than in any of the 3 previous years and caught half the number of species.

But isn't this the fascination of wildlife, no two years are the same and every plant and animal responds to our unpredictable weather in different ways. Keeping a note of your wildlife sightings will help you to notice more about how our natural world is working.

Now that the weather has turned wetter and warmer many of the plants and animals will get back on track and the number of moths on the wing will increase -  today the nature reserve echoed to a chorus of Marsh Frogs.

Marsh Frog calling 1130085 Marsh Frog calling


This post is also available on Sussex Wildlife Trust website

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