Hap-hazard highlights from 2012

In 2012 the Forum undertook a number of natural history projects, it was the third and final season in its Thorne Moors Botanical Survey.  It also undertook a 26 week invertebrate survey on a piece of peripheral lagg fen.  Both these projects involved many hours of volunteer time in terms of both field work and behind the scenes administration of them.

There are always a few bonus species turn up unexpectedly and add to the already rich catalogue of biodiversity that makes the diverse habitats of Thorne Moors their home.  A few species are mentioned, not particularly for any rarity value but because they were added value on a good day ….

Everina prunastri (L.) Ach.  Eversham (1987) attributes the last Thorne Moors record to Oliver Gilbert in 1973.

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Orgyia recens (Hübner, 1819) considered a ‘Humberhead’ special was another bonus species, found in a number of areas whilst undertaking the botanical survey – a pleasant distraction!

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