Six months on and the blog has passed 31,000 page views. Of these, nearly 24,000 have been from within the UK but we seem to have a significant audience overseas too (for example, nearly 4,000 page views from the USA, nearly 700 from China and over 400 from the Ukraine!).
Things seem to be going reasonably well too: plenty of ID requests, as you'd expect, and most are getting answers. I'd like to see more reports of what people are actually seeing too, although it is appreciated that those of you with day jobs probably have your work cut out finding time to identify your own catches at this time of year, let alone passing on information to others!
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It is worth reminding everyone of the need to keep RECORDS for your County Moth Recorder. These should be passed on annually towards the end of the season. Remember to use the correct Determiner, for example if moths are identified on this Blog by a third party. Those of you using bespoke recording software such as MapMate will probably know already how to transfer your data. If not, or if you are using a simple spread-sheet like Excel, then please contact your CMR to ask them how they would like the data to be presented. The minimum requirements will be:
Life stage (egg, larva, pupa or adult)
Number seen (use a zero to indicate "present" if you don't count)
Location (name of site eg "Westcott, Burnham Road" and a six-digit Ordnance Survey
grid reference eg "SP 715171")
Determiner's name (if the record was verified by someone else)
Your County Moth Recorders are:
Vice-County 22, Berkshire
Martin Harvey (all species) e-mail: kitenetter at googlemail.com
Vice-County 23, Oxfordshire
Martin Townsend (macro moths) e-mail: martin.townsend4 at ntlworld.com
Martin Corley (micro moths) e-mail: martin.corley at btinternet.com
Vice-County 24, Buckinghamshire
Martin Albertini (all species) e-mail: malbertini at onetel.com
For those of you who don't understand Vice-Counties, I'm sure Mr Google will help! Basically, for consistency in biological recording we continue to use the old county boundaries as they were prior to the changes of the 1960s. This means, for example, that Slough is in VC 24 Bucks while much of present day Oxfordshire south of the Thames is in VC 22 Berkshire. If you have any doubt which Vice-County you are in, just ask!