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 Post subject: Curry Farm, Essex
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:00 pm 
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Evening all.

I've just recently spent a great week in Essex at 'Curry Farm'. The only minus was that there was no shower in the bathroom (there is a bath though) but oh, the moths and the reserve. Thoroughly enjoyed it and Steven, who owns the site was very giving with his time. His ID skills are first rate (which is lucky as mine aren't by any means) and I saw lots of species not showing round my neck of the woods.
For the non-mothing other halves, there are lots of walks nearby and the coast is ten minutes away. Also, RHS Hyde Hall is just up the road.
We had four nights there but you can have less or more. Very tranquil indeed and I would recommend having a look at the website to make up your own minds.

Apologies if that looks like an advert but that wasn't the intention. Just wanted to share my experience in a great location.

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Chris


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 Post subject: Re: Curry Farm, Essex
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 5:49 pm 
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Sounds good, any chance of posting a link to site?

Edit; sorry , have googled it again and found it,looks great,all that space etc...
Will you be posting your moth list here?

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 Post subject: Re: Curry Farm, Essex
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:37 pm 
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Hello Carol
See below for my list, extracted from the many shaky pics I took. The micros are, as always, subject to confirmation. Unfortunately, I only recorded the species new to me as the size of the catch was enormous but it was an education for someone used to chalk grassland species.
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Chris

August Thorn
Black Arches
Brown-tail
Buff Arches
Buff Footman
Chocolate Tip
Clouded Border
Common Emerald
Copper Underwing
Coxcomb Prominent
Dark Spectacle
Dingy Footman
Donacaula forficella
Dun-bar
Engrailed
Eudonia lacustrata
Euzophera pinguis
Festoon
Iron Prominent
Gold Triangle
Green Arches
Hypsopygia glaucinalis
Iron Prominent
July Highflyer
Latticed Heath
Lunar-spotted Pinion
Magpie
Maiden's Blush
Oak Hook-tip
Pale Prominent
Peacock
Pebble Hook-tip
Peppered Moth
Purple Thorn
Slender Brindle
Trachysera advenella
Waved Black
White Satin Moth
Yellow-tail


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 Post subject: Re: Curry Farm, Essex
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:11 am 
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Hey Chris what an excellent list! White Satin and Waved Black especially interesting for me. I am seeing Essex with new eyes these days. It has such a huge range of habitats,coastal for migrants,and also marshland,wooded etc...great stuff.
Will you be visiting again at a different time of year?

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 Post subject: Re: Curry Farm, Essex
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:49 pm 
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I would certainly like to go back again as although for me, it seemed very impressive, Steven said that numbers were down this year both for locals and migrants. Spring would be good as would a nice hot humid summer. I also didn't get a chance to explore his land as much as I would have liked to have done during daylight. Lots more to explore! :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Curry Farm, Essex
PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:30 am 
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This is the Dewick's place? So Stephen would be Stephen Dewick. Didn't realise there was accomodation there, might have to go back to the 'home county' and pay a visit!

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 Post subject: Re: Curry Farm, Essex
PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 8:25 pm 
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Apparently yes Mike! To be honest, I hadn't heard his surname in conversation but I've just Googled it now. In my humble opinion, well worth a visit :-) I certainly learnt a lot.

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Chris


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