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A rare moth species has been found at Dow Corning’s nature reserve in Barry. UK
Nature conservationists have discovered a rare moth species at
Dow Corning's Cadoxton Ponds nature reserve in Barry.
The Wildlife Trust for South and West Wales (WTSWW), which help maintain the
biodiversity of Dow Corning's 30 acre nature reserve, recorded the species
whilst carrying a regular monitoring activity. It was the first time the moth
species, called Anania perlucidalis, was spotted in Glamorgan county and
only the third time it has been seen in Wales. The species was first recorded
in the United-Kingdom in 1957.
The recently spotted Anania perlucidalis can be found in Europe
between June and August. It has a wingspan of approx. 20mm and preferably
inhabits wetlands such as marshes and reedbeds, which are relatively scarce in
the local area. Over fifty moth species were recorded during this latest
overnight moth trapping exercise, including this very notable one.
Since the start of the collaboration between Dow Corning and the
Wildlife Trust for South and West Wales a few years ago, a range of species
surveys has been carried out, including birds, butterflies, small mammals,
reptiles and amphibians. Dow Corning's Environment Officer, Catherine
Lewis, said: "These surveys have produced an already impressive species
list for the site with a number of scarce or rare species having been recorded,
such as bittern, harvest mice, shrill carder bees and small blue butterflies.
This latest finding demonstrates yet again how wildlife and industry can
Cadoxton Ponds is a 30 acre nature reserve created by Dow Corning on
land adjacent to the manufacturing site. The reserve is also home to an
Education Center, which can be used by schools and local groups for
environmental studies, field trips and science projects. Dow Corning
encourages educational visits and offers various activities to support the
sustainability curriculum that schools follow. More information can be found here.
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About the Wildlife Trust for South and West Wales
The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales manages over 4,000 acres of some of
the region's most precious wild places in the form of over 80 nature reserves.
The Trust, as it stands, has only been in existence since April 2002, formed by
merger of West Wales Wildlife Trust and Glamorgan Wildlife Trust,
but it has a long history of protecting wildlife which started before
the Second World War in Pembrokeshire. It manages over 80
reserves across Ceredigion, East Glamorgan (including Cardiff) and West Glamorgan (including Swansea and Gower), Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, solely through donations, legacies,
membership and fundraising.
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