Another scarce moth appeared in the trap here at Dungeness RSPB on the night of Tues/Wed this week. The Cosmopolitan (Mythimna loreyi) is an irregular immigrant to the south of the UK and is closely related to more commonly occurring species such as Clay, White Point and Common Wainscot. The have been about 40 records of this moth in the Dungeness area, but none at all were recorded last year.
The tree sparrow colony here at Dungeness RSPB goes from strength to strength and is now worthy of its title ‘colony’. Three years ago, 15 nestboxes were put up on 3 short telegraph poles around the Boulderwall Farm area. 7 pairs bred that year, last year about a dozen pairs and this year 25 pairs! They are now using additional boxes around the farm buildings as well as a purpose-built ‘condominium’, built by one of our volunteers, containing 16 separate nest chambers! It has been great to see these once common birds every day I’m at work.