Midnight moth watch 08 August 2011

Budding moth enthusiasts turned out last Saturday night to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust's Farndon Willow Holt for an evening moth watch as part of the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership.

Poplar hawk-moth identified at the Notts Wildlife Trust moth evening at Farndon Willow Holt in August. Photograph: Nadia Ming

County Moth Recorder Sheila Wright and John Osbourne gave a short introduction to the importance of moths, their status in Nottinghamshire and ongoing conservation work before two light traps were set up and we waited for darkness to fall and the moths to appear.

Weather conditions were good for moths, although a bit of early evening rain and the temperature falling quickly under clear skies may have reduced the number of species flying. Despite this, 30 different species of moth were recorded in total, with highlights being a twin-spotted wainscot and crescent moth both of which are wetland specialists with a limited distribution in Nottinghamshire, and the impressive poplar Hawk-moth.