Kent Moth Group Virtual meeting on Zoom Saturday March 6th 2021.
Join from 0950, start at 1000, finish 1215
Programme ( subject to change)
0950 doors open.
1000 Review of micros 2020- Dave Shenton (Kent micromoth recorder).
1025 25 years of farm stewardship schemes in East Kent. Grassland creation/arable reversion and restoration work for invertebrates including the Black-veined Moth.
1050 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly-data submission- Karen Bartlett-Hodgson (Kent data processor). tbc
1120 15 minute break
1135 i-Record another way to submit and store your records -Dave Shenton
1155 Review of macros 2020- Ian Hunter (Kent macromoth recorder)
1220 Kent’s Magnificent Moths project- Steve Wheatley ( Butterfly Conservation south-east officer)
1225 general discussion
This event is free but donations to Butterfly Conservation, who made this event possible, are welcome.
To book a place email Ian Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org I will send out the link during the week leading up to the event
This is in the process of being arranged for the morning of Saturday March 6th. More details to follow asap.
Please note that this meeting is cancelled.
Join us on 4th April, 14.00 at Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory for a Kent Moth Group meeting.
There will be talks and an update on where we are at!
The majority of the 2018 data verifcation and submission for East and West Kent has been completed. Just over 130,000 verified records, 90K macros:40k micros have been sent to BC for addition to the NMRS.
A big thank you goes out to both resident Kent Moth-ers and visitors who have taken the effort to submit records to the CMR team.
We still have a few late submissions to sort that will add to the total.
Also, if you still have records from last year (or earlier) that you would like to send to us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
The volume of records is still down on last year so if you have records to send in to us, please do so as soon as you can. Get in touch if you have any questions.
More info at the Submitting records section of this website or see here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Kentmoths/permalink/939187452941798/
Your Kent CMR team
Please see the link below for the latest on this excellent project. Note in particular the call for any comments or suggestions from Lucia Chmurova, Project Development Officer.
The project has great potential and we all need to get behind it in which ever way we can.
As you may all be aware, despite the efforts of certain sectors the Oak Processionary moth continues to spread. This will be of no surprise to many of us! As you know there have been control efforts over the years, most recently the focus being to reduce the rate of spread of the moth. Most (but not all) current effort utilises Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki, this sprayed on oak trees targeting young instar larvae. The issue with Bt is that it is not specific to Oak Processionary and impacts on the larvae of a wide range of Lepidoptera species that feed on oaks (and possibly in the understorey/on the ground) at the same time. We are therefore, extremely concerned about the potential negative impacts on biodiversity.
We have been working in the background over recent years, for example attending various meetings and workshops with a wide range of interested parties (such as Forestry Commission, Defra, local councils etc.), and have had more detailed discussions with Defra and FC. The thrust of our message is to push a ‘learn to live with’ approach to the management of Oak Processionary. We don’t think we are quite there yet, but this approach is now being discussed in earnest – all very positive. However, it is acknowledged that there will still be control of Oak Processionary in the future as there is unquestionably a human health issue. We (BC) would like to see this control being localised to areas of high human presence, such as around schools, hospitals, car parks etc., but at a much lower level elsewhere, particularly as the moth pushes out into the wider countryside. In early 2016 we produced a position statement which is on our website https://butterfly-conservation.org/files/position-statement-on-the-oak-processionary-moth.pdf
As this moth spreads, more people/organisations will become involved. This will include an increasing range of land owners/site managers etc. Clearly we would like them to take the potential impact on biodiversity into account should control measures be considered. Defra are also keen to ensure that potential impacts on biodiversity are considered in that decision making process. As a consequence we are at the early stages of looking into developing a potential tool to help land owners etc. with the decision making process (human/animal health and possibly also tree health are also likely to be part of the bigger picture). This tool would utilise data from the National Moth Recording Scheme (NMRS) (including micro-moths if full coverage of the south east region were to become available) and the Butterflies for the New Millennium (BNM) datasets. The resolution at which this tool would work is yet to be determined, but our currently favoured resolution is at the 1km level. Broadly, we plan to assess the species across the south east region (Sussex, Kent, Essex, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Buckinghamshire & Berkshire), buffering grid cells to account for habitat use and dispersal. We will then calculate a relative risk score of spraying within the given grid square based on a score given to each species. The species scoring will be weighted according to priority (threat) level, oak feeding, larvae present at time of spraying etc. Individual species or records will not be identified, but the scores for each grid cell will be displayed to land owners considering spraying in categories based on the ecological risk. Once the tool has been tested, it is expected that this will be made available as an online web tool – it is anticipated that this will be available to the public and hosted by Defra.
As mentioned above, please bear in mind that control measures will continue, and without this tool impacts on biodiversity are unlikely to be included in the decision making process of when to spray/when not to spray, with the exception of a relatively few sites. We therefore believe this will be a useful way forward, and will also help raise the profile of moths as useful biodiversity indicators.
As the above proposal involves a novel use of the NMRS and BNM data we felt we should make you aware of this potential development. We are happy to discuss further if you would like and if you have any concerns about the above proposal please do get in touch. Thank you for your time on the above and apologies for the long message.
Mark Parsons & Katie Cruickshanks
Please click to see E-moth November 2018
Thanks to everyone who has responded so quickly to the list.
I have removed those records that we now have information on and here is the new list.
species requiring verification
Attached are the notes from the forum, including the presentations.
Thanks to all those who presented and Ian for organising.
We discussed the need for people to help us with verification of some records and this list is attached. Please e-mail us if you have any information that would help verification.
Record of the Dec 17 Kent Moth Group meeting
species requiring verification