Following the very belated posting covering the computer crash through to the end of the year, who would have thought it could get worse.... In December I was diagnosed with esophageal cancer which caused a period of great uncertainty and putting annual subscriptions on hold; various scans suggested it was treatable and I was booked in for four sessions of aggressive chemotherapy. Then as a vulnerable person I was on total self isolation with my family, with the general lockdown just before my last dose of chemo. My operation due late April was cancelled and I was put on lower dose tablet chemo until my operation was rescheduled for mid June. The op and subsequent recovery went extremely well and actually got back to work a month ago.
I just cannot use the excuse of not having enough time but it is a matter of priorities. I used much of the lockdown time assembling an up-to-date Atropos magazine index, some 2600+ pages to scour, and having done most of it I just need to finish off, check it and format it. I have re-labelled the Yorkshire Moth website photos in preparation for the planned update by MapMate to cope with the new numbering which is currently holding the website data updates back,
Initially I was rather down about the prospect of just trapping at home, but I did manage some trapping at my private site at Brafferton (VC62) where I 'exercised' at night on my own, probably safer there than anywhere. Following subsequent generator malfunctions I reluctantly started trapping on my parking spot at home in Langthorpe (VC65) and was pleasantly surprised at the results until wasp infestation brought things to a halt in September.
As a result of this rather fractured and stop/start recording this year, I will just just pick out the highlights to get back up to date.
The first period of trapping was 16 May to 1 June, 8 nights in total all at Brafferton VC62, with 1550 moths of 130 species. Highlights were 95 Grey Pine Carpets, 53 Poplar Hawkmoths and 98 Orange Footman. The best night was 20 May which was excellent for scarcer Ancylis moths with examples of the rare Ancylis laetana and Ancylis upupana, and Ancylis myrtillana well away from upland heath.