The island’s junior wildlife group, Sark Watch, has been busy again this month continuing their studies of local natural history. Now that the days are getting much longer they have been out and about in the evenings looking for wildlife that comes out at dusk. With the aid of a bat detector they have been able to hear as well as see bats hunting for insects after sunset and the group have also been setting up their moth trap again. Recent highlights include a Red Chestnut Moth, last recorded in Sark in 1934, and the rare Waved Umber. Another interesting moth was found by Sandra at the Island Hall who spotted an Emperor Moth on the outside of the kitchen door. Although quite common, this beautiful day-flying creature is one of the largest moths in the British Isles and, like many, once it has transformed from a caterpillar to a moth only lives for a couple of months. Sark wildlife artist Rosie Guille has been leading the moth trapping project and has also just become the entomology (insect) recorder for La Société Sercqauise. She is excited by the recent findings and keen to continue encouraging local children to learn more about Sark’s wonderful wildlife.
Pictures by Sue Daly