On Thursday night, I joined Jake and Mike Powell for a moth trapping session, near the outdoor classroom, at Penmoelallt. A cloudy, mild evening had been forecast and although clear when we got there, we hoped that the cloud would roll in from somewhere. It didn't and the temperatures plunged from 11.4 C when we started, at 22:00 to a dew soaked 7.8 C by the time we knocked off at 01:30.
Despite the chilly conditions, we had a successful night, with around 90 species recorded between three traps. The highlight was undoubtedly a Cloaked Pug, which was the first for Breconshire (VC42).
Coincidentally, I was also with Jake and Mike when they trapped the first and only Cloaked Pug in Glamorgan, just above Cefnpennar, in 1998: remember that Martin?
Sometime after 01:00, while Mike and I were looking at my trap, we heard an Oystercatcher calling as it flew over us, unseen.