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Moth Survey (2015) of the Aberystwyth Municipal Cemetery.
GAG carried out this survey with the help of members of the
Ceredigion Moth Group. This is a follow up to the Cemetery Management
Plan, written by GAG and adopted by Ceredigion CCC. It gives a base
line reference with the intention of demonstrating the benefits of the
new management regime to wildlife and so supporting CCC action.
Moths represent vital food sources for a wide range of other animals
and pollinate many flowers. Well over 2000 species of moth breed in
Britain but there has been a recent dramatic decline in the numbers
of many of them, raising concerns about our lack of knowledge of
where many of these species occur. During 2016, a light-trap was run
periodically at a single site within the Craigyfulfran and Clarach
SSSI, immediately to the north of Aberystwyth, in order to identify
which species of moth live at this site. 145 species of moth were
recorded, including five nationally scarce species. Several of the
moths are species found exclusively on coastal grassy scree,
indicating the importance of the site for the conservation of
biodiversity. The report includes photographs of some of the moths,
brief recommendations on the management of the site for wildlife and
a discussion of the likely benefits of limiting light pollution at
and near the site.
Sponsored trees. In support of the Council's Coed Aber programme,there is opportunity for individuals to sponsor a tree ina chosen suitable site around the town - as hasalready been done by several people. For details,please contact Jon Hadlow at
or otherwise GAG