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DATE: 30th Aug 2008, 8pm to 1:00am
WEATHER: clear with no wind; Temperature: start 17C, end 13C
TRAPS USED: 4 x 80W MV and 2 x 125W
KEY: S = Status -> H = Hfd: uncommon; U = UK BAP research only
Scientific Name Qty B&F # S Vernacular
Abraxas grossulariata 4 1884 Magpie Moth
Acleris cristana 1 1054 H a tortrix moth
Acleris emargana 1 1062 a tortrix moth
Acleris laterana 21 1038 a tortrix moth
Acleris variegana 1 1048 Garden Rose Tortrix
Acrobasis consociella 1 1437 a pyralid moth
Agapeta hamana 2 937 a micro-moth
Agonopterix arenella 2 697 a micro-moth
Agriphila straminella 6 1304 a pyralid moth
Agriphila tristella 8 1305 a pyralid moth
Aleimma loeflingiana 1 1032 a tortrix moth
Amphipyra berbera svensson 1 2298 Svensson's Copper Underwing
Amphipyra pyramidea 6 2297 Copper Underwing
Argyresthia bonnetella 1 421 a small ermine moth
Argyresthia brockeella 3 410 a small ermine moth
Argyresthia goedartella 2 411 a small ermine moth
Argyresthia semifusca 4 419 a small ermine moth
Atethmia centrago 2 2269 U Centre-barred Sallow
Autographa gamma 1 2441 Silver Y
Blastobasis lignea 16 873 a micro-moth
Caloptilia robustella 1 287 a micro-moth
Caloptilia syringella 1 293 a micro-moth
Campaea margaritata 7 1961 Light Emerald
Camptogramma bilineata bilineata 1 1742 Yellow Shell
Carcina quercana 9 658 a micro-moth
Chloroclysta truncata 32 1764 Common Marbled Carpet
Chloroclystis v-ata 1 1858 V-Pug
Cnephasia incertana 1 1024 Light Grey Tortrix
Colostygia pectinataria 21 1776 Green Carpet
Cosmorhoe ocellata 8 1752 Purple Bar
Cyclophora punctaria 4 1680 H Maiden's Blush
Cydia splendana 11 1260 a tortrix moth
Cymatophorima diluta 46 1658 U Oak Lutestring
Diarsia rubi 17 2123 U Small Square-spot
Ecliptopera silaceata 1 1759 U Small Phoenix
Ecliptopera silaceata 15 1759 U Small Phoenix
Eilema deplana 2 2049 Buff Footman
Eilema lurideola 1 2050 Common Footman
Ennomos fuscantaria 3 1914 U Dusky Thorn
Epinotia brunnichana 3 1155 a tortrix moth
Epinotia nisella 2 1138 a tortrix moth
Epinotia ramella 7 1134 a tortrix moth
Epinotia trigonella 2 1151 a tortrix moth
Eudonia angustea 1 1342 H a pyralid moth
Eudonia mercurella 3 1344 a pyralid moth
Eupithecia absinthiata 3 1830 Wormwood Pug
Euproctis similis 1 2030 Yellow-tail
Euzophera pinguis 1 1470 a pyralid moth
Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 3 1862 Double-striped Pug
Hedya dimidioalba 2 1083 Marbled Orchard Tortrix
Hoplodrina ambigua 1 2384 Vine's Rustic
Horisme tersata 1 1782 The Fern
Hydriomena furcata 1 1777 July Highflyer
Hypatima rhomboidella 1 858 a micro-moth
Hypena proboscidalis 3 2477 Snout
Hypsopygia costalis 1 1413 Gold Triangle
Idaea aversata 1 1713 Riband Wave
Idaea dimidiata 6 1708 Single-dotted Wave
Lymantria monacha 11 2033 Black Arches
Mesapamea secalis 3 2343 Common Rustic
Mesapamea secalis 6 2343 Common Rustic
Mythimna pallens 9 2199 Common Wainscot
Noctua comes 2 2109 Lesser Yellow Underwing
Noctua janthe 5 2111 Lesser Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing
Noctua pronuba 46 2107 Large Yellow Underwing
Nymphula nymphaeata 5 1345 Brown China-mark
Ochropleura plecta 15 2102 Flame Shoulder
Olethreutes lacunana 6 1076 a tortrix moth
Opisthograptis luteolata 18 1906 Brimstone Moth
Orgyia antiqua 2 2026 Vapourer
Pandemis corylana 25 969 Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix
Peribatodes rhomboidaria 3 1937 Willow Beauty
Perizoma alchemillata 1 1803 Small Rivulet
Phlogophora meticulosa 4 2306 Angle Shades
Pleuroptya ruralis 6 1405 Mother of Pearl
Pterostoma palpina 1 2011 Pale Prominent
Pyrausta aurata 1 1361 a pyralid moth
Rivula sericealis 14 2474 H Straw Dot
Scoparia ambigualis 12 1334 a pyralid moth
Stenolechia gemmella 4 755 H a micro-moth
Thera britannica 2 1769 Spruce Carpet
Trichiura crataegi 1 1632 U Pale Eggar
Xanthorhoe designata 12 1722 Flame Carpet
Xanthorhoe fluctuata 3 1728 Garden Carpet
Xanthorhoe spadicearia 1 1724 Red Twin-spot Carpet
Xestia c-nigrum 32 2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character
Xestia xanthographa 7 2134 Square-spot Rustic

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A much studied wood...

Down the years, Ast Wood has had official and unoffical surveys made of many things that live there, and had various studies and reports written about it. There have been ecological and economic surveys; gloomy post-war Forestry Commission assessments; maps of how large tracts of the wood could be obliterated and smoothed and shaped into grass golf course fairways; a late twentieth century overview of the present and future importance of the wood as it is, by a distinguished academic and author on ancient woodland; a twenty-first century 'rapid site identification' survey by a Herefordshire Council archaeologist. There is also a description of the wood on pages 181-3 of The Wild Woods by Peter Marren (David and Charles/NCC 1992).

collage of two moths Black Arches, Lymantria monacha; Riband Wave, Idaea aversata; birds nest fungi

June 1990 overview of Ast Wood, by Charles Watkins:

Ast Wood is one of the most important surviving areas of ancient semi-natural woodland in eastern Herefordshire. It is about 45 acres in size. Until the early seventies it was bigger, but 20 acres or so of the south western section of the wood were cleared and converted to agricultural land at that time. Most of the remaining woodland is surrounded by a distinct wood bank. This is of particular archaeological interest as many ancient woodlands in Herefordshire do not have distinct wood banks.

The wood is a remarkably attractive and diverse ancient woodland. There are many interesting trees including a very large number of wild service trees. This species of tree is one of the best indicators of ancient woodland. There are also some very large small leaved limes; huge old ash coppice stools; large alder stools along the brooks which rise in the wood; and also oak, yew, aspen, chestnut and cherry.

There is also a very good ground flora with expanses of bluebells and wild daffodils, wood anemone, dog's mercury and wood sorrel. There is a large population of herb paris, a key ancient woodland indicator species. Woodpeckers, both green and spotted are frequently heard and there is an excellent range of characteristic woodland birds such as tree-creepers, chiff-chaff and so forth.

Woodland management records on the nineteenth century show that the wood was regularly coppiced at from twelve to fourteen years' growth. At this time the wood was part of the Eastnor Estate and there is a fine collection of records relating to coppicing and woodland management. The poles were used as hop poles in the local hop yards.

The characteristics of the woodland flora, togther with the setting of the wood and its topography are strong evidence that Ast Wood is primary ancient woodland. Every effort should be made to protect it.

© Charles Watkins, author of Woodland Management and Conservation (David and Charles/NCC 1990); now Professor of Rural Geography, Nottingham University.


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