Brafferton Spring is a private site with lockable access and a part-owner that is keen to establish what wildlife occurs there, especially on his patch. It is located in VC62 close to Pilmoor and Sessay, This site is an area of old woodland which is thought to have been clear-felled around the time of WW2 as many of the trees are of a similar age. It is mixed deciduous and conifer trees, with a few small areas opened up to reveal glades and developing under-storey. It differs from the nearby Pilmoor site in that it does not have any heath or rushy pools, but there is a brook running along the south side of the woodland and man-made pools used for fishing at an adjacent site.
It is still early days in the moth recording effort and well over 260 species have been identified so far; this should rise significantly when a full year of recording has been achieved. There have already been a number of good records reflecting the mix of vegetation on site.
The first photo is of Lathronympha strigana, not especially rare and its patchy distribution may simply reflect recording effort; a subtly beautiful micro-moth with its silver markings on the orange base colour.
The next is very rarely recorded in Yorkshire and this may well be new to VC62.
This pine-loving and strikingly colourful micro is described as a rare resident in Yorkshire.
Mere Wainscots are a scarce southern species, but there is a small population in our area being the most northerly in the country; I have had eight now at three local sites.
This very striking little micro feeds on fungus on hazel and is very rare in Yorkshire. It may be just the 2nd VC62 record since the first in 1868.
The next is a scarce resident in Yorkshire.
Only first identified in the UK in 2001, and Yorkshire 5 years later, it is still a rarity up here and is likely to be recorded with more regularity.
A Wax Moth, quite large for a micro, but with this and Lesser Wax Moth recorded here it would indicate the presence of bee hives or wild nests in the area.
Not my finest selection of photos as some done in poor light on site using my iphone, but needs must... Looking forward to adding even more exciting moths to the site list.