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
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