Privet Hawk Moth
Here is the full list of species of moths identified during our recent Moth Celebration. It’s worth a read just for the wonderful names. Thanks to Sally Hall for helping us identify them all, and to Isabel Macho of Carmarthenshire County Council for lending us the moth trap.
I have also included a list of bat species kindly recorded for us on the same night by Laurence Brooks.
MOTH TRAPPING 24 June 2017
Land at Bach y Gwyddel, Cwmpengraig/Penboyr SN35036
Green Oak Totrix
3 Large Fruit-tree Tortrix
2 Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix
3 Apotomis betuletana
3 Endonia lacustrata
3 Chrysoteuchia culmella
6 Small Magpie
3 Udea olivalis
3 Buff Arches
2 Sharp-angled Carpet
5 Small Rivulet
2 Grass Rivulet
2 Common Pug
6 Clouded Border
2 Sharp-angled Peacock
2 Mottled Beauty
4 Brussels Lace
2 Common Wave
4 Elephant Hawkmoth
3 Poplar Hawkmoth
2 Buff Tip
8 White Ermine
6 Buff Ermine
3 Heart and Dart
7 Flame Shoulder
9 Large Yellow Underwing
3 Small Square Spot
2 Triple-spotted Clay
2 Pale-shouldered Brocade
Poplar Hawk Moth
3 Dot Moth
3 Rufous Minor
5 Marble Minor
2 Middle-barred Minor
2 Common Rustic
2 Burnished Brass
6 Silver Y
2 Beautiful Golden Y
8 Straw Dot
Bats – Number of passes by each species recorded on the detector were:
9 common pipistrelle
26 soprano pipistrelle
1 brown long-eared bat
3 Natterer’s bat
2 unidentified Myotis species
Join the All Year Round group from 4pm on 24th June for an afternoon of fun and activities (including wildflower labyrinth and moth themed crafts) followed by a bring and share supper and camp fire. We will then be setting up a moth trap at dusk.
Those who would like to camp over in the wildflower meadows are welcome to; otherwise come back for 10am on 25th June to help identify the moths that have been trapped and release them back into the wide world. Sally Hall has kindly agreed to help again – her services were invaluable last year.
To give you a taste of what to expect, some lovely pictures of the beauties we saw last time can be seen to the right.
All Year Round ask for donations of £3 per child to cover costs, with sliding scale of discounts for families with more then one child. If you would like to camp, a suggested donation of £7.50 per family can be made to Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust.
Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust will be holding a (slightly late) open morning on Saturday 8th July for National Meadows Day.
The Trust manages a 20 acre smallholding in West Wales, including six acres of traditional meadow, rich in species such as Yellow Rattle and Greater Butterfly Orchid.
Activities will include a tour of the meadows, scything demonstrations and talks on managing meadows and hand hay making. You will also be able to walk amongst the flowers along a specially mown wildflower labyrinth. Pictures of the labyrinth mown in 2016 can be found here
The next All Year Round gathering will be on 19th March, from 2pm at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust. We will be doing some paper marbling. There will also be a treasure hunt, more seeds to plant in the AYR garden and, as always, a warming fire and time to talk and play.
Croeso Cynnes i Bawb
The next Trust workday will be on Sunday 26th February at 10.30 am.
We will be working on the permaculture garden and other plantings around the barn; weeding, mulching and maybe adding some new plants. We will also be pruning and re-weaving the willow sculpture.
All are welcome, please contact us if you would be interested in coming along.
Late last summer the ITV Wales programme “Coast and Country” came to talk to us about scything and hand haymaking here at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust.
The episode is available here. Coast and Country, Series 4, Episode-17
The part recorded at the Trust starts at 11 minutes and 30 seconds
All Year Round’s first gathering for 2017 will be for Imbolc on the 5th of February, here at the Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust, 2pm-5pm.
We will be making a wheel of the year garden, planting some Imbolc seeds and enjoying some fabulous storytelling from the wonderful Pamela Gaunt
Winter solstice is nearly upon us. We are celebrating the turning of the year at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust on 21st December, 2-5pm. The talented Henry Sears will be leading us in some festive singing, there will be a roaring solstice fire, seasonal crafts, sparkly lights and warming drinks.
Croeso Cynnes i bawb! Please bring a festive treat for a bring and share afternoon tea
We will be having a special All Year Round for Autumn Equinox making lanterns for the amazing lantern procession in Haverfordwest on October the 29th. The parade is a collaboration between The Lab and Span Arts’ Cheerful Project and I would like to add a twist of Remembrance Day for Lost Species by making a Thylacine lantern for the parade. The Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger went extinct 80 years ago this year, I think this would be a great way to honor and remember it.
Come along on Saturday the 17th of September 11am – 4pm to help make the Thylacine lantern, or make your own smaller lantern. Bring lunch to share if you’re coming at lunchtime!
The 1st of August will be our Lammas celebration and after the success of our moth day we’d like to celebrate butterflies by joining in with this fabulous butterfly count. Put the date in your diaries and there will be more details to follow! http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/