Today was the day for sitting down and compiling all my non-bird records for 2012. First to be completed and sent to the county recorder was the moths. I was disappointed with 2011 and despite the wet weather I always thought I that in 2012 we would see an improvement. There were a few nights with no moths trapped, but you get some of these every year at the start and end of the season. As the weeks progressed the numbers were steady but not amazing. Sadly there was only one night where over one hundred individuals were trapped and that was the 18th August well over the midway point in the season.
Well I have just reviewed the totals from 2010 to 2012 and it is worrying.
2010 = 2244 individuals recorded.
2011 = 877 individuals recorded.
2012 = 639 individuals recorded.
Hopefully, in 2013 we will see a halt to the decline