Moth-ers of the universe

Some pretty decent hauls of moths over the last two nights, 38 species yesterday and 46 today. Including:

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Green silver-lines

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Bordered beauty

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Burnished brass

Rarest of all and most difficult to identify was this Kent black arches.

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Kent black arches

We also caught Britain’s biggest cranefly Tipula maxima.

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Tipula maxima

Bird wise the reserve has seen an influx of  around 500 Lesser black-backed gulls on Ibsley water, with a Yellow-legged gull in amongst them yesterday. Common terns have been fledging on Ivy lake with a few making it over the road on to Ibsley water yesterday afternoon.

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