Monday 31 January 2022

Monday 31st January

The two Black-necked Grebe were back off Cockwood, along with three Goldeneye, including a drake.

Sunday 30 January 2022

Sunday 30th January

The immature male Velvet Scoter remained offshore with 38 Kittiwake, 29 Great-crested Grebe, six Razorbill, three Common Scoter, three Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver.

Counts from the estuary included 1400 Dunlin, 1139 Oystercatcher, 251 Dark-bellied and a Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 286 Teal, 190 Grey and 39 Ringed Plover, 147 Bar-tailed Godwit, 97 Turnstone, 73 Shelduck, 72 Redshank, 27 Wigeon, 17 Sanderling, nine Red-breasted Merganser and six Greenshank.

Elsewhere a Siberian Chiffchaff, three Goldcrest and two Chiffchaff were in the bushes with four Shoveler, three Water Rail and three Little Grebe on the Main Pond. 

Wildlife News: The first butterfly of the year, a Red Admiral  flew over Warren Point towards Exmouth and a Grey Seal was in the estuary.

Saturday 29 January 2022

Saturday 29th January

The highlight was a first winter male Velvet Scoter off the seawall late morning, the first since Nov 2020, also offshore 28 Razorbill, 20 Kittiwake, 15 Gannet, 15 Red-throated Diver, 12 Great-crested Grebe and three Common Scoter.

Counts from the estuary included 1031 Oystercatcher, 975 Dunlin, 311 Teal, 167 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 131 Grey and 33 Ringed Plover, 121 Knot, 113 Bar-tailed Godwit, 91 Curlew, 81 Shelduck, 43 Canada Geese and a Bar-headed Goose, 35 Wigeon, 24 Sanderling, 22 Common and five Lesser Black-backed Gull, seven Greenshank and seven Red-breasted Merganser.

Teal - Dean Hall

Elsewhere the year's first Buzzard flew low over the Main Pond with four Shoveler, four Teal, three Little Grebe, two Water Rail and two Chiffchaff.

Little Grebe - Dean Hall

Wildlife News: A male Grey Seal was offshore.

Friday 28 January 2022

Friday 28th January

The two Siberian Chiffchaff remained around the Main Pond, where there were eight Shoveler, four Teal, a squealing Water Rail and a Kingfisher, also on site a good count of 70+ House Sparrow, five Cirl and a Reed Bunting.

Shoveler - Dean Hall

Siberian Chiffchaff - Dean Hall

Elsewhere five Red-throated and two Great Northern Diver, 25 Great-crested Grebe and two Common Scoter were offshore and counts from the estuary included 331 Teal, 86 Shelduck, 29 Wigeon, nine Greenshank, seven Red-breasted Merganser and a Golden Plover.

Wildlife News: At least three queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee were around the Boathouse Hebes during the sunnier periods. On the Golf Course, Sand Crocus and Mossy Stonecrop leaves have started to emerge on the fairways. 

Thursday 27 January 2022

Thursday 27th January

Two Siberian Chiffchaff were by the Main Pond with a Common Chiffchaff  with six Shoveler, two Water Rail and a Kingfisher on the pond. 

Although the regular species were all present there were no meaningful counts of waders with numbers low on a low high tide and being flushed offsite by a hunting Peregrine. They were however 126 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 38 Ringed Plover, two Red-breasted Merganser and a flyover Golden Plover.

It was much choppier offshore than of late with no sign of the Slavonian and just 25 Great-crested Grebe along with 25 Kittiwake, seven Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver, four Razorbill and two Common Scoter

Siberian Chiffchaff - both Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: A Grey Seal was in the estuary. 

Wednesday 26 January 2022

Wednesday 26th January

The Slavonian Grebe remains off the sea wall but was always distant and elusive at times, also offshore 29 Great-crested Grebe, three Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver, eight Razorbill, and four Pintail

Over high tide counts from the Bight included c1000 Dunlin, 124 Grey Plover, 40 Dark-Bellied Brent Geese, 34 Shelduck, 30 Knot, 20+ Bar-tailed Godwit, five Red-breasted Merganser and four Sanderling

Elsewhere a Chiffchaff in the bushes, with Water Rail and Kingfisher at the Main Pond. 

Tuesday 25 January 2022

Tuesday 25th January

The Slavonian Grebe remained off the seawall with three Red-throated and two Great Northern Diver15 Razorbill11 Great-crested Grebe and an early Sandwich Tern.

Elsewhere 131 Knot were in the estuary with a Siberian Chiffchaff in the bushes along with two Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff with five Shoveler, four Teal and two Little Grebe at the Main Pond.

Monday 24 January 2022

Monday 24th January

The Slavonian Grebe was offshore with four Common Scoter, seven Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver. Counts from the estuary included 1100 Dunlin249 Brent Goose, 237 Teal195 Grey and 39 Ringed Plover, 90 Shelduck, 88 Bar-tailed Godwit, 23 Wigeon21 Sanderling and a Peregrine.

Sunday 23 January 2022

Sunday 23rd January

The Slavonian Grebe remained offshore with 19 Great-crested Grebe, 17 Razorbill, 13 Red-throated and Great Northern Diver, seven Red-breasted Merganser and three Common Scoter.  On site just eight Long-tailed Tit and a single Chiffchaff with four Shoveler and single Water Rail, Teal and Little Grebe on the Main Pond.

Counts from the estuary were hampered by the presence of a photographer on the main roost at Finger Point, disturbing the birds at high tide. This area is fenced off to avoid disturbance at high tide and their presence and behaviour a criminal offence. The counts managed were as follows 744 Oystercatcher292 Teal195 Bar-tailed Godwit, 127 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 79 Shelduck37 Ringed Plover and 15 Wigeon.

Saturday 22 January 2022

Saturday 22nd January

The highlight was a Slavonian Grebe offshore, the first since Herbert, and only the second new arrival in the last five years. Also offshore 53 Great-crested Grebe, five Red-throated and three Great Northern Diver, eight Common Scoter and c40 auks, mostly Razorbill close in. 

Counts over  the morning high tide included 1400 Dunlin, 1010 Oystercatcher, 356 Teal, 316 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 182 Bar-tailed Godwit, 153 Grey and 27 Ringed Plover, 103 Redshank, 82 Knot, 81 Shelduck, 32 Turnstone, 29 Wigeon, 12 Sanderling, eight Greenshank, six Red-breasted Merganser and a Kingfisher.

Elsewhere single Fieldfare and Golden Plover overhead were new for the year, with five Shoveler, two Water Rail and a Kingfisher were at the Main Pond with a Siberian Chiffchaff, Tawny Owl, 41 Goldfinch and a Reed Bunting in the bushes.  

Thursday 20 January 2022

Thursday 20th January

A Siberian Chiffchaff was in the Entrance Bushes with 22 Great-crested Grebe offshore, two Shoveler on the Main Pond and 190 Teal, 45 Shelduck, 24 Wigeon and two Greenshank in the estuary. 

Siberian Chiffchaff - Alan Keatley

Tuesday 18 January 2022

Tuesday 18th January

The Spoonbill was again in the estuary but no other news was received. 

Sunday 16 January 2022

Sunday 16th January

Counts from the estuary on the dropping morning tide included 298 Dark-bellied and a Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 157 Teal, 133 Curlew, 83 Bar-tailed Godwit, 78 Shelduck, 71 Turnstone, 20 Sanderling, 17 Wigeon10 Greenshank and six Red-breasted Merganserwith three Peregrine on Bull Hill.

Elsewhere two Pintail. four Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver were offshore, a Siberian Chiffchaff, 12 Long-tailed Tit, three Chiffchaff and three Goldcrest were in the bushes and three Little Grebe were on the Main Pond with single Kingfisher, Water Rail and Shoveler.

Saturday 15 January 2022

Saturday 15th January

Counts from the estuary included 262 Teal, 260 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 107 Common and an adult Mediterranean Gull, 96 Shelduck, 38 Wigeon, 10 Red-breasted Merganser, six Greenshank, four Egyptian Geese and a Kingfisher.

Elsewhere at least 60 auks were feeding offshore in flat calm conditions with 54 Great-crested Grebe, 12 Red-throated and four Great Northern Diver; 800+ roosting Starling, four Shoveler and a second Kingfisher were at the Main Pond with a Siberian Chiffchaff in Dead Dolphin Wood and two Siskin in the Entrance Bushes. 

Just outside the Recording Area a Great White Egret flew south over the village and the two Black-necked Grebe were off Starcross. 

Wildlife News: A Fox was hunting around the Main Pond early morning.

Friday 14 January 2022

Friday 14th January

The immature Spoonbill was in the saltmarsh corner late afternoon but not other news was received. 

Thursday 13 January 2022

Thursday 13th January

A sunny but chilly start, with a widespread ground frost and icy puddles, the bushes were very quiet, although the first Bullfinch of the year was in Dead Dolphin Wood. On the Main Pond the Little Grebe were still nest building with three Shoveler and a Water Rail present.  With the tide low, counts were limited to 99 Shelduck, 12 Sanderling, four Red-breasted Merganser and a Greenshank.

Wildlife News: A few insects ventured out into the afternoon with a couple of Buff-tailed Bumblebee and the first Honey Bee of the year the Hebe. Also, a single Yellow Dungfly and a couple of Calliphora vicina warming themselves up in the sunshine, all typical insects for this time of year.

Honey Bee - Alan Keatley

Calliphora vicina - Alan Keatley

Tuesday 11 January 2022

Tuesday 11th February

A lunchtime visit for the incoming tide revealed 1000+ Dunlin, 143 Grey and 38 Ringed Plover, 68 Brent Geese, 20 Knot and five Sanderling, with a Kestrel and two Cirl Bunting on site and 18 Great-crested Grebe and a Great Northern Diver offshore.

Kestrel - Dean Hall

Wildlife News: At least three Common Dolphin were putting on a good show offshore. 

Monday 10 January 2022

Monday 10th January

An afternoon visit on the dropping tide saw a Water Pipit on the saltmarsh (no public access) with 260 Teal, 68 Shelduck, nine Red-breasted Merganser, three Greenshank and a Kingfisher in the estuary. 

Sunday 9 January 2022

Sunday 9th January

Counts from the estuary included the two Black-necked Grebe, 358 Teal, 128 Snipe, 69 Redshank, 18 Red-breasted Merganser, 16 Wigeon, seven Greenshank, two Goldeneye, an adult Mediterranean Gull, a Bar-headed Goose and a Great Northern Diver.

Elsewhere 11 Great Northern and four Red-throated Diver were offshore with 20 Great-crested Grebe; 700 Starling, five Shoveler and a Kingfisher were at the Main Pond and seven Water Rail, four Chiffchaff and a Siberian Chiffchaff were on site. 

Shoveler - Dave Jewell

Green Woodpecker - Alan Keatley

Saturday 8 January 2022

Saturday 8th January

A very wet and grey day, seawatching during the day saw counts of 44 Gannet, 31 Great-crested Grebe, 10 Guillemot, nine Great Northern and three Red-throated Diver, five Kittiwake, three Razorbill, a Fulmar and the year's first Common Scoter.

Counts from the estuary included 1700 Dunlin, 165 Grey and 24 Ringed Plover, 110 Bar-tailed Godwit, 96 Dark-bellied Brent Geese,  89 Shelduck, 23 Sanderling, the first two Lesser Black-backed Gull of the year, two Goldeneye and a Great Northern Diver.

Elsewhere a Siberian Chiffchaff near the Main Pond with a single Goldcrest and Chiffchaff. On the pond five Shoveler and single Little Grebe, Water Rail and Kingfisher.

Friday 7 January 2022

Friday 7th January

An early visit before the rain arrived saw the first Sparrowhawk of the year in the Entrance Bushes, five Shoveler, two Grey Heron and a Siberian Chiffchaff at the Main Pond with a Great Northern Diver off John's Watch.

Counts from the estuary included 168 Bar-tailed Godwit, 148 Grey and 14 Ringed Plover, 44 Knot, 16 Sanderling, five Greenshank and a female Goldeneye

Thursday 6 January 2022

Thursday 6th January

No news was received. The 2021 Bird Report and Wildlife Review are now both available to download below. 

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Wednesday 5 January 2022

Wednesday 5th January

Counts from the estuary included 1500 Dunlin, 145 Knot, 130 Grey and 18 Ringed Plover and five Pintail. Elsewhere seven Red-throated Diver and 29 Great-crested Grebe were offshore, five Shoveler were on the Main Pond and two Chiffchaff and a Siberian Chiffchaff were in the bushes. 

Wildlife News: Several Buff-tailed Bumblebee and a Seven-spot Ladybird were making the most of the sunny weather. 

Wildlife Review 2021- Wasps and Sawflies


No less than 51 species across several families were recorded during the year including seven new for the Recording Area. This was a good return for a very large and diverse suborder of insects that often require specimens to enable identification.

Social wasps were the first on the wing with Common Wasp Vespula vulgaris and German Wasp V.germanica appearing by early April, several nests of both species were found and the wasps were active well into November. A Median Wasp Dolichovespula media was found on 28 August. A couple of Hornet V.crabro were found in September and October, a good return for a species that is less than annual.

Hornet - Alan Keatley

The first new species of the year was a chalcid wasp on 14 May, this rarely observed tiny wasp was identified as Encyrtus infidus, a parasite of scale insects. Coincidentally the last new species of the year on 12 December was also a chalcid parasite of scale insects, Microterys seyon.

Encyrtus infidus - Alan Keatley

The main season for solitary wasps starts mid May and goes onto October for some species. The reserve is the home to many mason and digger wasp species. No less than 16 digger wasp and four mason wasp species were recorded. One new digger wasp was found, a Red-bodied Stem Wasp Rhopalum clavipes on 6 August, with Minute Black Wasp Diodontus minutus on 9 July having gone unnoticed for many years. 

Red-bodied Stem Wasp - Alan Keatley

The four mason wasps recorded were Early Mason Wasp Ancistrocerus nigricornis, Little Mason Wasp Microdynerus exili, Small-notched Mason Wasp A.gazella and Willow Mason Wasp Symmorphus bifasciatus.

A good place to look for these wasps is on flowering umbellifers from June onwards, with Beewolf Philanthus triangulum, Common Ectemnius E.continuus, Common Spiny Digger Wasp Oxybelus uniglumis, Field Digger Wasp Mellinus arvensis, Large Ectemnius E.cephalotes, Ornate-tailed Digger Wasp Cerceris rybyenis and Slender-bodied Digger Wasp Crabro cribrarius all nectaring on these as well as other flowers such as Water Mint and Gypsywort.

Beewolf - Kevin Rylands

Others are more readily found on leaves and bare ground and the following species were found; Crossocerus megacephalus, C.quadrimaculatus & C.wesmaeli, Dryudella pinguis, Four-banded Digger Wasp Gorytes quadrifasciatus and Shieldbug Digger Wasp Astata boops. Three-spotted Digger Wasp Nysson trimaculatus was seen searching out Four-banded Digger Wasp nests to lay its eggs. 

Spider hunting wasps could be seen from from 31 May with the Red-legged Spider Wasp Episyron rufipes nectaring on Hogweed. Spider wasps spend their time on bare ground seeking out spider prey with Leaden Spider Wasp Pompilus cinereus the most obvious. A new species for site, Variable Spider Wasp Dipogon variegatus found on 14 August.

Leaden Spider Wasp (male & female) - Alan Keatley

Red-banded Sand Wasp Ammophila sabulosa, the only invertebrate on the SSSI citation, were looking for caterpillars along the Dune Ridge from 27 May, with Dull Cuckoo Wasp Hedychridium roseum seeking its host - Shieldbug Digger Wasp from 31 July. The Javelin Wasp Gasteruption jaculator was also active from the same date. Another new species found was the strange wingless wasp, Gelis agilis.

Hedychridium roseum - Alan Keatley

Galls wasps are rarely observed, or at least identified, as adults but the galls they on host plants help indicate their presence. Several galls were found including two new species on Oak, Smooth Spangled Gall Wasp Neuroterus albipes and Artichoke Gall Wasp Andricus foecundatrix. Other species recorded included Bedeguar Gall Wasp Diplolepis rosae (Robin's Pincushion) on Rose, Ram’s-horn Gall Wasp A.aries, Silk-Button Spangle Gall Wasp N.numismalis, Oak Marbled Gall Wasp A.kollariPasty Gall Wasp N.saliens, Oyster Gall Wasp N.anthracinus and Knopper Gall Wasp A.quercuscalicis, all on Oak, Bramble Stem Gall Wasp Diastrophus rubi and Cat’s-ear Stem Gall Wasp Phanacis hypochoeridis.

Andricus foecundatrix Artichoke Gall - Kevin Rylands

Ichneumon wasps are frequently found on site, but mainly go unnamed due to the complexity of identification. Several can be identified and the following were seen this year; Enicospilus ramidulus on 10 June, Amblyteles armatorius on 12 June, Pimpla rufipes on 3 September, Apechthis compunctor on 30 October, Stenichneumon culpator (a new species) on 4 November and Ophion obscuratus caught in a light-trap on 9 November.

Amblyteles armatorius - Alan Keatley


Sawflies are in the same order as bees, ants and wasps (Hymenoptera), in many species identification is difficult, however association with a particular foodplant and their larval leaf mines can help.

A total of 20 species were recorded this year including nine new species. The Warren sawfly list now stands at 41.

The first of the year was also a new species; Monophadnus pallescens, a black sawfly associated with buttercups, it was recorded on 8 April. Another new species was found on 17 April, was Euura bergmanni, a willow sawfly. 

Euura bergmanni - Alan Keatley

The similar looking Aglaostigma aucupariae and A.fulvipes, both associated with bedstraws were found on 29 April and 7 May respectively. They are common on site and can be often found together. Bramble Sawfly Arge cyanocrocea and Marcophya duodecimpunctata - a grass and sedge feeding species, were seen on 19 May. 

Aglaostigma fulvipes - Alan Keatley

Another common species the Dog Rose Sawfly Macrophya annulata, a black and red sawfly that mimics a spider hunting wasp in appearance and behaviour, was added on 19 June.

The Rose Leaf-rolling Sawfly Blennocampa phyllocolpa and Scolioneura viana, a Birch sawfly were recorded on 20 June, the latter also a new species for the Warren. 

In July Heterarthrus vagans, an Alder sawfly - on 11th and H.aceris, a Sycamore sawfly on 15th were also identified by larval leaf mines, the latter a new species.  The Oak Slug Sawfly Caliroa annulipes, the second new species of the month was added on 18th. The Turnip Sawfly Anthalia rosae emerged in large numbers from 29th.

Monophadnus pallescens - Alan Keatley

Other sawflies identified by leaf mine included; Scolioneura betuleti on Birch on 12 August, Hemichroa australis on Birch and Alder on 12 September, Fenusa pumila on Birch on 26 September, Fenuelia nana on Birch on 29 September and two new species in November, Profenusa pygmaea on Oak on 3rd and Heterarthrus ochropoda on Poplar on 5th.

Tuesday 4 January 2022

Tuesday 4th January

At low tide 55 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and six Turnstone were feeding on the exposed rockpools at Langstone Rock. No other news was received. 

Wildlife Review 2021 - Mammals and other vertebrates


With records from 2020 and an unfortunate tideline corpse found on 9 May, Hedgehog still maintains a foothold on site, sadly the same cannot be said of Mole with no molehills now for over two years near the amusements.

Rabbit numbers continue to decline as a result of disease, apart from the Spring sightings of na├»ve young bunnies, numbers seen were worryingly low, especially later in the year. The lower numbers may also affect rare plants that rely on grazing rabbits to keep vegetation finely cropped.

Rabbit - Alan Keatley

Two of the three shrew species were recorded, no reports of Water Shrew, with Common Shrew on 18 May and the scarcer Pygmy Shrew on 12 September, as the norm with shrews sightings these were of dead animals. 

Pipistrelle bats are a regular feature over the Warren at dusk with both Common and Soprano recorded this year, two other bat species were over the Golf Course but their identity could not be confirmed, a Brown/Grey Long-eared on 24 June and a Whiskered/Brant's on the 29 September.

A Grey Squirrel found near the Main Pond and Golf Course between 10-19 September was a record stayer for this species, no doubt an adventurous youngster from the mainland. The majority of records are from early autumn.

Grey Squirrel - Lee Collins

The most likely vole to now be seen on site is the well-established Water Vole with sightings from the Main Pond and Golf Course throughout the year. The more numerous, but less likely to be seen Field Vole provided food for the ever-present Kestrel on site, especially during autumn and winter. A brave or foolhardy Wood Mouse was seen up an apple tree on 26 October and a despite a presumed continuous presence just one Brown Rat was recorded, around the Amusements in November.

Land predators were seemingly scarce this year with only a couple of Fox and Stoat and a single Weasel sightings, although tracks along the Dune Ridge indicate they are still regularly patrolling the Warren.

Common Dolphin and Harbour Porpoise were seen occasionally throughout the year off Langstone Rock reflecting the increasing numbers in Lyme Bay. However, there were no sightings of Bottle-nosed Dolphin for the second year running and with no occurrences in Torbay this year the species is probably lost from the area.

One or two Grey Seal were regular through the year with a bull often calling to the female in autumn. A single Common Seal was seen in December.

Reptiles and amphibians 

At least a dozen Common Lizard, including juveniles, were found basking near the hide in September indicating a good breeding season for this species. This may not be the same for Sand Lizard as sightings were only occasional. The erosion of breeding areas by storms will have a continuing effect on numbers of this introduced species. 

Common Lizard - Alan Keatley

A Slow-worm found on the Golf Course on 12 August was a good find as sightings have been in decline in recent years. Common Toad were active from 7 March and the increasing Common Frog noted from 31 July.

Common Frog - Alan Keatley


Fifteen fish species were recorded this year, some marine species from shore anglers and others from beachcombing or rock pooling at Langstone Rock. 

Highlights include two new species;  a Red Gurnard on 7 March and a Worm Pipefish on 31 March, both found on the beach at low tide.

Red Gurnard - Simon Thurgood

At least fifty shoaling Common Rudd in the Main Pond in September is some indication of numbers, these didn't go unnoticed by a Grey Heron taking advantage of this feeding opportunity.

A Starry Smooth-hound feeding in the estuary shallows on 25 September surprised not only the observer but also an on-looking Mute Swan. The second site record of a Atlantic Bluefin Tuna was offshore on 20 November reflects the growing numbers in Lyme Bay after the first in the estuary last year.

Starry Smoothhound - Alan Keatley

Monday 3 January 2022

Monday 3rd January

Counts from the estuary included the two Black-necked Grebe, a Pale-bellied and 386 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 134 Carrion Crow, 96 Common Gull, 84 Shelduck, seven Greenshank, four Red-breasted Merganser, three Mediterranean Gull and a Kingfisher.

Elsewhere three Great Northern and two Red-throated Diver were offshore, with two Siberian Chiffchaff and 11 Cirl Bunting on site and 800+ Starling roosting at the Main Pond. 

No news was received from the morning tide and the evening tide was after dark, so it is not sure if the Spoonbill is still roosting on site.  

Wildlife News: At least seven Common Dolphin were off the seawall early afternoon. 

Wildlife Review 2021 - Moths

A total of 326 species were recorded during the year, mostly from leafmines and light trapping undertaken on the Golf Course on 10 occasions. A remarkable 46 new species were added to the Warren list, including six ‘macro’ moths.

These included a number of presumably overlooked common species such as Mottled Grey Chloroclysta multistrigaria, Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana and Sycamore Piercer Pammene aurita; as well as two introduced adventive species Cypress-tip Moth Argyresthia cupressella from North America and Ruddy Streak Tachystola acroxantha from Australia.

Sycamore Piercer 27 Jul - Alan Keatley

Other more local firsts included Centre-barred Sallow Atethmia centrago, Early Long-horn Adela cuprella, the first confirmed Dusky Thorn Ennomos fuscantaria, Little Slender Calybites phasianipennella, New Oak Slender Caloptilia robustella and Pale Eggar Trichiura crataegi

Dusky Thorn - Kevin Rylands

Rarer discoveries included three Aethes deaurana, the 10-12th UK records, probably established on site feeding on Alexanders; and three nationally scarce species, Horse Chestnut Pachycnemia hippocastanaria, the first confirmed record for this heathland specialist, New Marsh Cosmet Cosmopterix scribaiella, new to Devon and Sorrel Midget Enteucha acetosae.

Aethes deaurana 10 Jun - Kevin Rylands

Other species recorded included local specialties such as Crescent Dart Agrotis trux, Shore Wainscot Mythimna litoralisDusky Aroga velocella and Beautiful Groundling Caryocolum marmoreumHoary Gymnancyla canella, Sandhill Anerastia lotella and Gorse Knot-horn Pempelia genistella and Sea-rush Case-bearer Coleophora maritimella

Gorse Knot-horn - Paul Bowyer

More familiar species included Scarlet Callimorpha dominula and Jersey Tiger Euplagia quadripunctaria, Blood-vein Timandra comae, Rosy Footman Miltochrista miniata, Old Lady Mormo maura and Pale Calliteara pudibunda and Nut-tree Tussock Colocasia coryli.

Pale Tussock - Kevin Rylands

The clear pick of the migrants was the first Clifden Nonpareil Catocala fraxini for the Recording Area in early September, but another first, Black-tipped Ermine Yponomeuta plumbella, was presumably also a migrant as the foodplant, Spindle, does not occur on site. 

The first Diamondback Plutella xylostella was on 1 Apr, with the first Silver Y Autographa gamma in early June with records through to November with a peak in early September, a Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon was trapped in mid-August, single Gem Nycterosea obstipata and Scarce Bordered Straw Helicoverpa armigera were with the Clifden with several Vestal Rhodometra sacraria and a few Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella. A Convolvulus Hawkmoth Agrius convolvuli was found in late September along with the first Rusty-dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis.

Vestal 10 Sep - Luke Harman

Dawlish Warren Moths

Devon Moth Group article