We now have three activity pages on iRecord, one that shows all records within that system, one that shows all records for 2016 (i.e. it gives us a cumulative 'score' for the year) and one that shows all records from the most recent two weeks (useful for checking what is flying at the moment, based on what others in the county are recording). There's more information here, or go straight to the relevant places with these links:
Activity 1: Berkshire Moths
This Activity displays all the moth records for Berkshire that are currently stored on iRecord.
Activity 2: Berkshire Moths - all records for 2016
This Activity displays all the records that have accumulated so far during 2016.
Activity 3: Berkshire Moths - latest records (from last two weeks)
This Activity shows all the records that people have made during the previous two weeks - useful for checking which species are being seen at the moment.
I think these activity pages are a fantastic way of keeping up to date with what's happening in the county, but they do of course only show the data that is being added to iRecord. There is still a substantial proportion of data that comes in to the county database via other routes such as MapMate and via spreadsheets - that data is being collated but is not (yet) being put onto iRecord. That may change in the future, we'll have to see. For now, iRecord can only offer a partial view of moth recording in the county, but it has the great advantage of updating 'live' every time a moth record is added. You can even see what, and who, is trending!
On our Resources page you can now download a spreadsheet showing which pheromones attract which clearwing moths, along with the habitats, foodplants and times of year that you need to target when using the pheromones. Click here for the direct download. Pheromones and further information available from Anglian Lepidopterist Supplies.
Although the Hornet Moth has been recorded frequently in Berkshire (see Mark Calway's videos), the other clearwings are still very under-recorded. Give the pheromones a try if you can, and let us know how you get on.
Exactly which record counts as number 500,000 is a bit debateable because it all depends on how you count them, but my best estimate for the honour goes to ...
This is fitting, since Large Yellow Underwing is the species that we have most records for overall (with 11,666 records), and it would probably be a good bet if you wanted to speculate on which species will form our millionth record!
Large Yellow Underwing, Noctua pronuba, by Martin Harvey
One of the things we'd like to do in preparation for a county moth atlas is to incorporate more of the data that is missing from our database. In particular it would be really useful to have a summary of the records in Brian Baker's county moth book available, and you may be able to help by adding records to a simple spreadsheet! Click here to find out more, and see our targets and projects page for more information and ideas for helping us improve the county moth records.
Les Finch has recently supplied reports for 2015 from Snelsmore Common, Maidenhead Thicket and Woolley Firs. These are now available from our Bibliography page, along with some other new reports of Les's from previous years that I had fallen behind with uploading. Many thanks to Les for his hard work in producing these.
I've started compiling some maps and information to help us target recording for the forthcoming national atlas (for which 2016 is the final year of recording).
After some confusion on my part over the many site names that have been used for the Maiden Erlegh reserve/park/centre/MELNR, not to mention my inability to add two numbers and get a correct total, the revised species list is now available. I can reveal that the grand totals currently stand at:
BMG is now on both Facebook and Twitter (thanks to Mark Calway for getting this organised). These provide additional routes to share ideas and photos, ask questions or just chat about moths.
Yahoo egroup is still available, and you can also use the Upper Thames Moths blog.
There's no excuse for not communicating!
Apologies for the lack of recent updates, and don't get too excited about this one - I've yet to make much progress with this year's data and this update is really just to say that I hope to make progress soon, rather than that I have actually made some progress!For those of you who use iRecord I've added a page to this website to show how you can join the "Berkshire Moths Activity" on iRecord. This allows you to see summaries of all the records that are coming in via that route. Not all records come in via iRecord of course, and I will be picking up on MapMate and the various other routes before too long I hope.
Every year John Langmaid and Mark Young publish a review of micro-moths, listing all the species that have been added to county lists from around the country. This is published in the Entomologist's Record (worth subscribing to if you can). The review of 2013 was published at the end of 2014, and includes two new entries for Berkshire:
I'll be sorting out any new species from 2014 to send to John in the next couple of months - if you think you might have found a micro-moth new to the county do let me know (even if you've already sent the record in it's worth prompting me to ensure I don't miss anything out by mistake).