Saving The Drab Looper

04th January 2012
I recently received the results of my MSc in Conservation and Land Management and thought I would share the press release for the project I did on the Drab Looper in Wales.

The aim of the project was to understand the habitat requirements and the factors affecting the abundance and distribution of the moth within a woodland. This included spending four months living in an ambulance which I converted into a campervan for the project, spending all day every day in some of the most beautiful woodlands imaginable! Heaven!!!

The Drab Looper is a very rare moth in the UK and is found in only a handful of sites in Wales, in the border areas near Monmouth. Much of this decline has been due to the increased movement away from traditional forestry techniques such as coppicing, which increased light and food plant abundance.

The Drab Looper is a rather dull, small day flying species of moth, which relies upon woodspurge as a food source for both larvae and adults.

Hopefully, the information collected can be used to improve the habitat for the species and stop or even reverse the decline which has been occurring in recent years.


Photo comment By Annie Fitzwilliams: We have many of these moths in our woodland garden in Berkshire.
Photo comment By Grahame Hawker: Annie We are trying to map the distribution of Drab Loopers in Berkshire and it would be useful to know where your colony is.

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