Yesterday Jenny and I spotted an interesting moth at Southwood Woodland. It’s an Orange Underwing (Archiearis parthenias), a stunning little moth which exposes it’s bring orange hindwings when it flies. Keep your eyes peeled this March and April as it’s a day flying moth. It loves broad leaved woodland and lowland acid heath, with the caterpillars munching on birch. Can you think of any other sites in the valley where we have this mosaic of habitats?
Senior Ranger Stuart