The V moth
This moth is the crown jewel of Merlindale, an endangered species the V moth has declined by 99.9% in the whole of the UK since the 1970s. This is due to our new need for everything outside to be tidy (specifically in our gardens, backyards and so forth). The V moth relies on old Black current bushes, this is the area where the young feed and develop. We first came across this moth whilst doing a moth survey with Reuben Singleton of Tweed Ecology who found it in his trap and who was insistent on handling the little fella himself. After Mr Singleton took the Moth home to view in the right conditions he concluded it was in fact a V moth which we were careful to rerelease promptly back into its preferred bushes screened from hungry beaks.