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The YEAR. 2003
go to the Year up to the end of July
                               August.     (Updated 16th November)
                                 1st. An absolutely perfect Great Dart caught by Dave at Dungeness. His second for the area (first on 13th August
                                 1998.. see pics). He and Chris Roots had another janthina.  Convolvulus Hawk-moth at Littlestone and Bordered 
                                 Straw at Lydd.
                                 2nd. Easterly wind, overnight minimum temperature 12 degrees. Janthina (see pics) at Keith's trap in Lydd.
                                 3rd. Sprinkling of migrants with Gem, Small Mottled Willow, Bordered Straw and ferrugalis. A third Nycteolene
                                 type at Littlestone (see pics). Sean is of the opinion that of the three, the one caught by Dave at Dungeness is
                                 probably asiatica. Barry had Buff Footman (3rd area record).
                                 4th. Increase in numbers of migrant species in good condition suggesting they are locally bred... Small Mottled Willow,
                                 Bordered Straw and Dark Sword-grass. Keith Arter caught his third Langmaids at Greatstone. Temp.. min 17 degrees.
                                 5th. Wide variation in the numbers at each trap-site, Barry had 67 species which is good for this time of year, very
                                 little at Dungeness but good numbers on the Reserve, including, notably, 48 White-line Dart. Plenty out the back of
                                 New Romney where Keith had the third Tree-lichen Beauty (very worn) and Langmaid's. Another Langmaids at Chris 
                                 Roots trap at Dungeness bringing the total to 12 so far this year. Sean went trapping with Chris at West Hythe, just 
                                 east of us and had 4 Langmaid's. Hottest night of the year at minimum 18 degrees.
                                 6th. Keith Arter had Clay Triple-lines at Greatstone, Chris Roots had 2 Scarce Bordered Staw at Dungeness, marked
                                 increase of Silver Y on the coast (max.82), up to 20 Small Mottled Willow over the area with odd Gems, Bordered
                                 Straw, increase in noctuella numbers (max.50), ferrugalis (max.3). Oak Nycteolene at Littlestone.
                                 7th. As well as the commoner migrant species seen (as mentioned for yesterday), Tree-lichen Beauty at Barry's,
                                 Pete Akers had Convolvulous at the RSPB, the pyrals sylvestrella (see updated pics) and tumidana at  Littlestone. 
                                 Scarce recorded species, Double Kidney on the reserve, Poplar Kitten at Barry's and Langmaid's at Greatstone, Keith
                                 Arter's 4th. The pyral obductella at the back of New Romney (4th area record).
                                 8th - 10th. Last few days have been more memorable for the weather.. 99 degrees F in the shade in Lydd on 10th.
                                Overnight minimum temperatures 17 degees C on 8th and 9th and 20 degrees 10th. On the 10th there were Several 
                                Bordered Straw,  Small Mottled Willow, max.5 at back of New Romney, where there were 8 Dark Sword-grass, all 
                                perfect, probably local bred). There was also the second Langmaid's there. The reserve had there first Langmaid's also.
                                Barry had Marbled Grey at Greatstone(see pics), Convolvulous at Keith Arter's trap at Greatstone.
                                11th. 2 Convolvulous at the observatory, where Dave also had Bordered Straw (4), Small Mottled Willow. Among
                                the 79 species he recorded, of note were Coronet, Oak-hook Tip, Cypress and Ash Pug. At Greatstone Keith Arter
                                had Oblique Carpet (only the 5th record; seen in 93,96 and 97.. recorded as 'common' at Dungeness in the 1930-40's
                                then we have no records since 1962), Tawny Wave and another Langmaid's. Latter at back of New Romney. Dingy
                                Shell (8th area record) at Keith's trap in Lydd, Lesser Spotted Pinion at his trap at Dungeness (10th area record).
                                12th. Barry recorded 80 species at Greatstone... comparable with the observatory the night before... but they had 
                                less than 20 moths the night before that! and barely the same last night, big variation in catches over the whole area. 
                               Of note today, Chris Roots had 3 Convolvulus Hawks in his trap at Dungeness. Gems, Bordered Straw, Small Mottled 
                               Willow (12 in the area). A second Dingy Shell at Lydd. We have recorded 6 Dusky Thorn over the past few days.. 
                               only seen  previously on 11 dates.
                               13th. Ni Moth at the back of New Romney. Scarce Bordered Straw at Keith Arter's trap at Greatstone and at the
                               observatory. A few Bordered Straw and about 10 Small Mottled Willow in the whole area. Sean was part of a survey
                               at the Army Camp in Lydd. There was very little to light so he put out sugar and had 80 Dark Sword-grass and 12 
                              White-point, as we as large numbers of noctuids.. mostly Common Wainscot. They also had 5 Rosy Waves and 3 
                               Matthew,s Wainscot near 'salt marsh'...  scarcely recorded species and probably the source for many of our records. 
                               2 Langmaid's at the back of New Romney, 1 at the observatory.
                               18th. Overnight minimum temperature fell to 10 degrees 14th/15th and it has been quiet ever since. Wind was north
                               east or east, strong during the day and calm at night until it veered to south west on 18th. Peach Blossom at Littlestone.
                               19th. Sprinkling of Dark-sword Grass, Pearly Underwing and Small Mottled Willow over the area. Scarce Bordered
                               Straw at Lydd and the pyral vitrealis (see pic in workshop)at Littlestone.
                               20th. Few Dark-sword Grass, Scarce Bordered Straw at back of New Romney and Littlestone, where there was 
                               also a second vitrealis. From then to end of month dominated by mainly northerly winds and cool at night, and a good
                               time here to go on holiday. Only moths of note were seven Scarce Bordered Straw scattered over the area and Sean
                               had Mere Wainscot on 31st.
                             September. Wind continuing from northerly direction, going south east during the day on 5th and south westerly by the
                              morning of the 6th. Small Mottled Willow at Lydd, New Romney and Littlestone on 4th. 3 Convolvulous at Ted
                              Carpenters trap in Lydd, Vestal at Littlestone and Keiths trap at Dungeness and Barry had Barred Hook-tip (2nd area
                              record) on 5th. 
                              Settled period from 5th to16th with light winds, south east on 13th.
                              7th. Convolvulous at Dungeness, Bordered Straw at Lydd and Pearly Underwing at Chris's trap at Dungeness.
                              8th. Convolvulous at Richard's trap at Greatstone.
                              9th. Convolvulous at Dungeness, Lydd and Littlestone, Pearly Underwing there also. Late Silky Wainscot at Dungeness.
                              10th. Convolvulous at Lydd.
                              11th. Gem at Chris's trap at Dungeness and the pyral vitrealis at Greatstone.
                              13th. 2 Convolvulous at RSPB,Delicate at Lydd, Small Mottled Willow at back of New Romney and Scarce Bordered 
                              Straw at Keith Arter's trap at Greatstone. Barry had Orange Sallow, which is the third area record, all of which have 
                              been at his trap.
                              14th. Small Mottled Willow at back of New Romney, Convolvulous and a second vitrealis at Barry's trap. Locally 
                              unusual records of :- late Oblique Striped at Littlestone, Dusky Thorn at back of New Romney, late Light Brocade at 
                              Dave's trap at Dungeness and 6 Pinion-streaked Snout at Keith's trap at Dungeness. (There have been several dates
                              this year, 23 previous dates and all singles)
                              15th. Delicate and late Blackneck at Lydd.
                              16th. Delicate and Small Mottled Willow at Lydd. Marsh Mallow Moth at Dave's trap at Dungeness. (see pics).
                              17th. Several Small Mottled Willows over the area, Convolvulous at Dave's trap.
                              18th. James Halsey had Vestal and late Buff Arches trapping at the top of the Long Pits. Convolvulous at Littlestone.
                              Dave had White-speck at Dungeness. Small Mottled Willow at back of New Romney. Delicate and Scarce Bordered 
                              Straw at Keith's trap in Lydd. Barry had a second Clancy's Rustic (subject to confirmation) at Greatstone.(see pic)
                              19th. Convolvulous and Vestal at back of New Romney. 2 Vestal and Scarce Bordered Straw at Keith's trap at
                              Dungeness, where Dave had another Convolvulous (his seventh so far). Small Mottled Willow at Littlestone.
                              20th. Dave had Convolvulous at Dungeness. Keith had Quadra and Small Mottled Willow at Dungeness. Small 
                              Mottled Willow and Orange Sallow (4th area record) at Littlestone.
                              21st. Min. overnight temp 15 degrees. Wind light easterly veering south westerly during the night with some rain. An
                              excellent night for migrants.Large increase in noctuella ... 300 at Littlestone, 200 at Barry's and Dave's. More Silver Y 
                              on the shingle than inland,  up to 20 at two Dunge sites. Dave had an impressive list of migrants.. Convolvulous, 
                              3 Humming BHM in the trap, 2 Pearly Underwing, Whitespeck, 2 Small M Willow, Scarce Bordered Straw and a
                              Dewick's Plusia (4th area record see pic). Barry had Gem, Delicate, Whitespeck and 3 Small M Willow at Greatstone. 
                              Sean had Gem and Small M Willow at New Romney. Keith had Whitespeck, 2 Scarce B Straw and Small M Willow 
                              at back of New Romney, 3 Small M Willow at Littlestone, 3 Vestal, HBHM in the trap and Pearly Underwing at 
                              Dungeness and  Scarce B Straw at Lydd. Colin Turley (his first season) had a third Clancy's Rustic of the year in Lydd
                              (subject to confirmation). Richard Clamp had the first area record of Pale Shoulder at his trap at Greatstone (see pic).
                              22nd. Wind settling in the north and becoming strong. 2 degrees overnight, not too much trapping. Richard Clamp had
                              Vestal at Greatstone.
                              23rd. Pale-lemon Sallow at Keith's trap at Dungeness (3rd area record). Marsh Mallow Moth at back of New Romney.
                              25th. Convolvulous at back of New Romney and Littlestone (Dave). Late Foxglove Pug at Dave's trap at Dungeness
                              26th. 2 Vestal and Small Mottled Willow at back of New Romney and the latter at Greatstone. Dave had Vestal and
                              3 White-speck at Dungeness. Gem at Keith's Lydd trap. Late Swallowtails at Lydd and New Romney.
                              27th. Gem and Pearly Underwing at Keith's trap at Dungeness. 2 Scarce B Straw at Littlestone. Convolvulous at Sean's
                              trap at New Romney.
                              28th. Scarce B Straw at Dave's trap.
                              29th. Scarce B Straw at back of New Romney and Keith's trap in Lydd.
                              30th. Scarce B Straw, Bordered Straw and ferrugalis at Sean's trap in New Romney. SBStraw and Vestal at the back
                              of New Romney. Pete Akers had Delicate at the RSPB reserve.
                             October.
                               1st. White-speck and vestal at back of New Romney. Vestal at Chris's trap at Dungeness. 2 SBStraw and Humming
                               BHMoth  in Keith's trap at Dungeness... also late White Ermine and Kent Black Arches. 2 ferrugalis at Keith's trap
                               in Lydd. (latter have been very scarce this year).
                               2nd. 3 Vestal, SBStraw and late Swallow-tail at Keith's trap at Dungeness. Vestal, Bordered Straw and ferrugalis at
                               Keith's trap in Lydd. ferrugalis at Littlestone. Colin Turley had SBStraw in Lydd. Barry had Flounced Chestnut which
                               is the third area record.
                               3rd. Keith had Vestal at Dungeness, ferrugalis in Lydd.
                               4th. Cosmopolitan (see pic in workshop), ferrugalis and late Buff Arches at Keith's trap
                               in Lydd. Colin Turley had Convolvulous at his trap in Lydd.
                               5th. White-speck at Littlestone.
                               8th. Colin Turley had a second Clancy's Rustic at his trap in Lydd (subject to confirmation, see pics). Sean had Gem 
                               and Convolvulous at New Romney. Dave had White-speck at Dungeness. 2 Dusky-lemon Sallow at Keith's  trap at 
                               Dungeness and 1 at Littlestone. Richard had Swallow-tail at Greatstone.
                               9th. Keith had White-speck at Dungeness and another Dusky-lemon Sallow.
                               10th. Barry had Plummed Fan-foot at Greatstone (see pic). HBHawk-moth in Chris's trap at Dungeness. 
                               11th. SBStraw at Littlestone.
                               19th. Since the 11th the wind has blown viciously from the east or north east with few moths. SBStraw on 15th at
                               Littlestone. White-speck at Lydd on 15th.
                              November. Spell of south-easterly early in month produced a few migrants. Gem on 3rd and 5th. Dark Sword Grass
                               3rd, 6th-8th. White-speck 4th, 7th, 9th, 11th and 12th. HBHawk- Moth 8th. Sprinkling of ferrugalis 9th-12th, 
                               with noctuella on 2nd.
                               
number of species seen at each trapsite each month. macros and pyrals (R1 and R2 the RSPB)
Site
CR
KR
R1
R2
DW
BB
DC
KA
KR
TC
KR
JW
SC
KR
jan
-
1
0
0
-
0
2
-
-
-
0
-
1
-
feb
1
5
0
0
-
0
1
-
-
-
1
0
0
-
mar
4
10
-
3
4
11
3
-
-
-
6
3
12
-
apr
23
24
1
13
3
28
9
12
28
2
24
13
27
20
may
59
60
37
51
55
91
66
53
78
26
68
50
62
53
jun
100
104
79
70
115
151
99
93
134
56
147
78
131
115
jul
104
113
75
102
167
195
138
137
178
54
177
59
136
148
aug
104
101
94
107
136
155
86
120
136
76
133
.
121
104
sep
56
75
-
58
81
101
71
69
78
63
91
46
70
69
oct
24
42
-
-
26
38
20
28
37
17
41
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42
30
nov
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Site
KR
R1
R2
DW
BB
KR
KR
JW
SC
KR
apr
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
0
0
0
may
5
1
0
0
6
6
5
1
3
3
jun
18
13
-
24
43
34
41
11
30
29
jul
32
15
-
50
55
48
63
11
41
47
aug
25
20
22
30
44
38
46
.
33
29
sep
10
-
1
15
20
14
22
8
16
10
oct
2
-
-
3
6
3
4
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6
1
nov
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